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Bennitt, John

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This diary is one of three kept by physician John Bennitt of Centreville, Michigan describing his experience as a Civil War surgeon for the 19th Michigan Infantry Regiment. The first volume (Sept. 1, 1863-Jan. 26, 1864) details Bennitt's stay at camps in Murfreesboro and as head of the General Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee. The volume focuses on medical conditions treated, medicines prescribed, surgery performed (including amputations), and the progress of patients. Other entries describe his daily routine, living conditions, weather, correspondence, attendance at bible class, and occasional war news. The last pages of the volume includes an account of letters written and received with names of correspondents and dates.

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Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt (RHC-43):