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Practicing medicine in a black regiment :the Civil War diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts /edited by Richard M. Reid.

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Variant Title
Civil War diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts
Reid, Richard M., 1943-
Wilder, Burt G. (Burt Green), 1841-1925.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press
"In early 1863, in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Massachusetts began recruiting black soldiers to serve in the Civil War. Burt Green Wilder, a Boston-born, Harvard educated doctor-in-training, was among the first white officers commissioned to staff the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. From the time he joined the unit in May 1863 until the regiment was discharged in September 1865, Wilder recorded his experiences and observations. He described the day-to-day activities of a Civil War surgeon, the indignities suffered by black enlisted men at the hands of a War Department that denied them the same treatment offered to white troops, and the role of the regiment in the campaign around Charleston and in Florida. Service in the Southern states also allowed Wilder to indulge a passion for natural science and comparative anatomy, including the collection of unusual species, one of which -- the spider known as Nephila wilderi -- still bears his name. After the war he completed his medical studies at Harvard and joined the faculty of Cornell University, where he became a distinguished professor of zoology as well as an outspoken advocate of racial equality. In his introduction to the volume, Richard M. Reid analyzes Burt Wilder's diary and places it within the context of the war, the experience of African American troops, and Wilder's life and career"--Dust jacket.
x, 282 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-273) and index.
1558497390 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781558497399 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Call Number
Stacks E513.5 55th.W55 2010
Other People and Orgs
United States. Army
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 55th (1863-1865)
Wilder, Burt G. (Burt Green), 1841-1925
Wilder, Burt G. (Burt Green), 1841-1925.
Descriptive terms
African Americans history
Afro-américain (peuple) soldat Etats-Unis. Armée guerre de sécession
American Civil War
General Surgery
History Civil War, 1861-1865
History Medical care. Civil War, 1861-1865
History Participation, African American. Civil War, 1861-1865
Military Medicine history
médecine militaire Etats-Unis. Armée guerre de Sécession
Material Type
Personal Narratives.
Personal narratives.
United States