Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Tucker, W. D. mss., ca. 1863-1864, consist of a Confederate Army sword and scabbard; his inscribed copy of "(a) manual of military surgery, prepared for the use of the Confederate States Army," presented to him by Surgeon A.J. Foard, Medical Director of the Army of Tennessee; and a daguerreotype tintype of Tucker.

William D. Tucker, 1841-1918, Assistant Surgeon of the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Tennessee Regiment during the U.S. Civil War, was promoted to the rank of full surgeon at Shelbyville, Tenn. in 1863. The surgical manual is the most important one printed in the South; the Southern Manual was well-illustrated with thirty lithographic plates incorporating 174 figures. Prepared by the order of the Surgeon-General of the Confederate Army, Samuel Preston Moore, it is a compilation of papers by surgeons providing exact instructions with illustrations for performing operations, especially amputations and was intended for use by inexperienced battle field surgeons. There was only the one edition.

Acquired: 2012

Collection size: 4 items

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