1863 CLOTHING RECEIPT FOR 14TH CORPS MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Document meas. approx. 7.75 x 10.00 inches. It is handwritten on white paper and states that Major Gaylord D. Beebe, medical director of the 14th Army Corps purchased a pair of cavalry trousers for $4.00. The document is signed by Beebe at bottom and dated January 1863 on the reverse.

Document is in excellent condition with two faint horizontal fold lines. Period ink is very readable.

Dr. Beebe was born May 28, 1835 at Palmyra, NY. … At seventeen he attended Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and pursued Medical Studies in Rochester, NY, and Albany Medical College. He went through his complete curriculum at the Homeopathic School of Medicine at Philadelphia graduating in 1857 and subsequently moved to Chicago, IL to begin his practice.

At the beginning of the Civil War he was appointed as a Brigade Surgeon for the Union Army. At the time homeopathic medicine was not widely respected and the Army Medical Board rejected his appointment. President Abraham Lincoln ordered that Dr. Beebe be examined by the Board. He passed a rigorous examination. C. P. Finley, Surgeon General, wrote a letter dated December 3, 1861 informing President Lincoln that Dr. Beebe had passed and he received his commission as a Brigade Surgeon and was afterwards appointed Surgeon, United States Volunteers. Dr. Beebe served on the staffs of Generals Hunter, Halleck and George H. Thomas. He was instrumental in discontinuing the crowding of wounded men into buildings and provided accommodations for them in tents. He served as Medical Director on the Corp and Army level, and was recognized in several dispatches from Gen. Thomas while serving on his staff on the 14th Corps. Dr. Beebe was mentioned in the official report of the Battle of Murfreesboro for his skill and efficiency in taking care of the wounded, and his gallant conduct on the field. He reluctantly resigned due to ill health in 1863. He married Mary Brewster on November 15, 1863 at Erie, PA and then returned to Chicago.

At one time he was professor of anatomy at Hahnermann Medical College in Chicago and professor of surgery at the same institution. Dr. Beebe was a forceful speaker and was nationally recognized as an advocate of Homeopathic Medicine. He published many papers relative to his profession. He also operated a medical practice and was an accomplished surgeon.

He died on April 4, 1877 and his remains were taken to his wife's home town of Erie, PA for burial in Erie Cemetery.   [ad]

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