AN EPITOME OF PRACTICAL SURGERY FOR FIELD AND HOSPITAL - ID’D TO ASST. SURGEON JOHN C. JORDAN, 1st NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RESERVES INFANTRY

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By Edward D. Warren, M.D., Surgeon General of the State of North Carolina. Published by West & Johnson, Richmond, VA, 1863 Owner inscription, in ink, front eps—“J.C. Jordan/Jany 30th 1864. Bought in Raleigh, NC”. First (“Frist”) edition. 401 pp. In green, marbled card boards, 5 x 7.75”, with green cloth spine & worn paper spine label. Exhibits wear and rubbing at outer extremities, plus rear cover worn spot, 4.25 x 1.75”; lightly yellowed throughout, while remaining entirely legible. Else VG with tight spine and page signatures. Extremely scarce in any condition. Solidly ID’d.

John C. Jordan was commissioned as Assistant Surgeon in the 1st NC Junior Reserves on 12/29/63, and appears on the Field & Staff Muster Roll of that regiment from 7/16/64 to 8/31/64. Another roster document shows “Date of entry or muster into State service” as 12/2/64, and “Date of rank, and whether by appointment, election or promotion” as 12/2/63. He was relieved from duty on 10/14/64 by order of Col. Armstead; his successor was F. Roger Gregory. Two Special Requisition forms found online and signed by Jordan in August 1864 indicate the regimental field hospital was located at Weldon, NC.

The North Carolina Junior Reserves were 17-year-old boys drafted in the last year of the war, as the Confederacy faced a disastrous shortfall in manpower. Between the spring and fall of 1864, North Carolina raised eight battalions of Junior Reserves, from all parts of the state. They were later consolidated into three regiments, with one battalion left over. They were originally intended to guard bridges and depots in North Carolina, but the exigencies of the war drew them into combat. They saw action in a number of minor clashes in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, as well as in the battles of Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

Accompanied by a brief amount of research material; invites further investigation. Superb Confederate medical collectible.  [jp/ld]

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