Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet

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Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet. By Burt Green Wilder. Edited by Richard M. Reid. Civil War in the North. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 148. $29.95, ISBN 978-1-60635-328-8.)

Richard M. Reid's edited volume of the memories of Union medical cadet Burt Green Wilder is slim, but it is packed with useful insights and anecdotes for historians of Civil War medicine. Prefaced by a cogent state-of-the-field introduction and excellent contextualization, the memoir is presented much as its author left it, full of notes to self, appendixes, and bits and bobs from comrades' letters and diaries. While these qualities could mean a confusing collection, the result is actually an even more useful book for researchers. For example, a fascinating excerpt from one of Wilder's former comrades is included verbatim. Wilder clearly disagreed with his comrade's depiction of their working conditions and the war, and he annotated that excerpt to say so. The reader gets both perspectives in one place, a unique way for a historian to explore how two men might remember the same experience differently.

Medical cadets are not particularly well understood, but Wilder's memoir helps shed some light on their unique position within the Union army's medical structure. …

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