WILLIAM A. HAMMOND - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/26/1863 For Sale
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HFSID 266396 WILLIAM A. HAMMOND. ALS: "
W.A. Hammond" as Surgeon General, 1¼p, 4½x7. Washington City, D.C.,
1863 May 26. On letterhead of Surgeon General's Office to D.W. Carmac. Begins:
"Dear Doctor". In full: "I have not the slightest objection to
your being absent for ten days from June 1st and have no doubt Dr. King will give you
the furlough. You have my full authority to show him this letter." William A.
Hammond (1828-1900), at age 34, had been appointed Surgeon General with the rank of
Brigadier General by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Lincoln had been impressed
with Hammond's inspections of U.S. hospitals and his introduction of humane
management, and during his tenure, Hammond continued to improve field hospitals,
established a U.S. Army hospital for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system
and founded the Army Medical Museum. Hammond had entered the U.S. Army Medical
Department as an assistant surgeon in 1849, serving for 11 years. He left the Army in
1860 to serve as Chair of Physiology and Anatomy at the University of Maryland in
Baltimore, but returned to the Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. There was
a great deal of friction between Hammond and Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of
War, and in 1863, the year of this letter, Hammond was sent on an extended (likely
permanent) inspection tour. Hammond demanded that his powers be restored or that
he be given a trial by court-martial. A "packed jury" found Hammond guilty on trumped
up charges regarding irregularities in procuring medical supplies and Hammond was
dismissed from the service. Later vindicated by an Act of Congress in 1878,
Hammond was one of the seven founders of the American Neurological Association.
Lightly soiled. Ink smudged at some words (all legible). Pencil note (unknown hand) at
upper right margin. Overall, fine condition.
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