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If I fulfill this path may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come…

Certainly Stout should qualify as having fulfilled the Hippocratic oath and having been entitled to its benefice.

As if to give the lie to McPherson’s whine in his latest book that historians are writing “more and more, about less and less” we have Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein’s study of the mobile Confederate hospitals and the doctor who made care available to the troops when the northern blockade was depriving the entire South of life-saving medicines. This is a well written exploration of a crucial contribution by a Confederate officer, Samuel Hollingsworth Stout, whose practises and techniques are still in use in MASH units today.

Confederate hospitals on the move : Samuel H. Stout and the Army of Tennessee Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c 1994 Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein Confederate States of America. Army of Tennessee Medical care Hardcover. 226 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-210) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Confederate Hospitals on the Move tells the story of one innovative Confederate doctor and his successful administration of more than sixty mobile military hospitals scattered throughout the western theater. Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein describes how Samuel Hollingsworth Stout, medical director of the Army of Tennessee, established and oversaw some of the Confederacy’s most adaptable, efficient, and well-administered hospitals.

Samuel H. Stout was the son of Nashville carriage-maker and city councilman Samuel Van Dyke Stout and Catherine Tannehill Stout. Educated at Moses Stevens’s Classical and Mathematical Seminary and the University of Nashville, Stout taught school and apprenticed in medicine to his brother Josiah Stout and the latter’s partner, R. C. K. Martin, before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school in 1848. After a brief residence in Nashville Stout moved with his wife, Martha Moore Abernathy Stout to Giles County, near Pulaski, where he owned land and  practiced medicine. The couple’s seven children were born there.

When the Civil War began, he became surgeon of the Third Tennessee Infantry (May-November 1861), until he was placed in charge of the Gordon Hospital in Nashville (November 1861-February 1862). After the fall of Nashville, Stout was sent to Chattanooga, where he was soon in charge of all of the Army of Tennessee hospitals behind the lines. In this capacity, he supervised doctors and other personnel, selected hospital sites, and coordinated the needs of the medical department with military and civilian suppliers. During the summer of 1864, he supervised more than sixty constantly relocating hospitals in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.


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