Confederate Physician’s Medical Saddle Bag
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Rolled in this leather case are the implements of a Civil War physician. Forceps and blades are accompanied by a number of instruments – twenty pieces in all – many marked with the manufacturer’s name. The instruments are held to the leather case with a strap laced through loops laid against the soft leather backing. Soft flaps lay over the instruments when opened and flat. The inside of the bag has moth holes and staining as expected and the instruments do show signs of age and rusting. The leather shows extensive wear reflecting its age, and the urgency of its use in coming to the aid of the wounded.
Civil War medical kits with this many implements are rare, and Confederate ones are nearly unheard of. PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL SADDLE BAG.
(Ca. 1862 to 1863). Size (opened) 27” x 13”
This leather medical bag was the personal kit of Dr. A. P. McDaniel, who enlisted in February 1862 as the first captain of company “A,” at the age of 42. During his time as captain, the 53rd fought primarily in coastal North Carolina. In 1863, it was merged into Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in Junius Daniel’s Brigade. In September 1863, two months after his infantry was engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, McDaniel resigned due to a disability.