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George T. Stevens letters

George T. Stevens letters, 1864 Aug
George T. Stevens letters
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1864 Aug
Letters, 19 and 21 August 1864, from George T. Stevens, camp near Charlestown, [West] Virginia, to his wife, Harriet W. Stevens, Wadhams Mills, Essex County, New York. Topics include troop movements, combining of troops, promotions and possible career after the war, treating of wounded, and a battle at Harper's Ferry
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  • George Thomas Stevens was born in Essex County, N.Y., on 25 July 1832, the son of Congregational minister Chauncey Coe Stevens and Lucinda Hoadley Stevens. After receiving a medical degree at Castleton (Vt.) Medical College in 1857, Stevens set up practice in northern New York state. On 17 April 1861 Stevens married Harriet W. Wadhams, daughter of William L. and Emeline Cole Wadhams of Wadhams Mills, N.Y. The couple had two children, Frances Virginia and Charles W., who later followed his father into medicine.
  • Stevens enlisted as assistant surgeon to the 77th New York Infantry on 8 October 1861. In a down and up military career, Stevens was dismissed from the service in October, 1862, probably for illness, but reinstated on 16 February 1863, becoming commanding surgeon of the regiment. He spent the next two and a half years as operating surgeon of his division and served a stint as medical inspector for the 6th Corps.
  • After the war, Stevens returned to private practice in Albany, N.Y., working as surgeon at Albany Hospital and gaining an appointment as professor at Union University. In 1880, he moved his practice to New York City, where he gained recognition as the developer of a number of optical and surgical instruments. In 1883, he was awarded the highest prize awarded by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine for his treatise, Functional Disorders of the Nervous System. Stevens also gained notice as an author, writing his war memoirs, botanical guides, and numerous medical treatises and articles. He died in New York City, 30 January 1921.
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