Collection of 8 Autograph Letters Signed, while on duty with Generals Grant and Sherman, to his wife. One discusses General Sherman's bilious fever attack and refusal to be evacuated. Others relate to Hartson's medical duties and skirmishes.
May 20, 1862: "We had a very severe skirmish some might call it a battle but you understand I have been in such terrific battles that we don't mind these little flurrys. We lost 14 killed & thirty six wounded many of which must die… I have not seen any of the ? boys since I left Shiloh…"
June 23 1862: "General Sherman has been & still is quite sick with Bilous fever. I was in hopes that he would take a leave of absense but he refuses to accept one. I have not asked for my leave yet he being sick I expect he will refuse it when I do. The Medical Director has asked for and obtained a leave of absense for him self. He has proposed my self for the position… Genl Grant is in command. I expect you will feel bad if I don't get a leave but it wont be my fault if I don't. … I don't want to be Medical Director there is too much responsibility too many sanitary men and women to please besides everybody else..."
September 24, 1862: Memphis. "…our fort is now about completed all the guns are mounted and if the enemy see fit to come they meet a warmer reception than they will relish…"
With nine related documents. General Grant's order to move Small Pox hospital. Return of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage (2). Assignment to duty with Maj. General Fremont. Appointment to board to inspect hospital. Order to Hartshorn as Senior Surgeon to report to new Chief Medical Officer. Call for statement on Medical property prior to accepting resignation.
Dr. Dana W. Hartshorn (1827-1907) was born in Massachusetts and graduated from the Medical Department of Harvard College in 1854. He practiced medicine in Dedham, Massachusetts, until 1857, when he moved to Urbana, Ohio. In 1861, he was appointed a surgeon in the U.S. volunteers with the Army of the Tennessee. He was medical director on the staff of William T. Sherman for more than a year and assistant medical director under General Ulysses S. Grant. In 1862, Hartshorn organized Gayosa Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He resigned his position because of physical disability and opened a practice in Cincinnati in 1864. From 1872 to 1891, he was professor of anatomy and surgery at Pulte Medical College in Cincinnati. (Inventory #: 20722)