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Moore, John (1826-1907) to Mary Moore Kelly

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04195.20 Author/Creator: Moore, John (1826-1907) Place Written: Vicksburg, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 September 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.2 x 25.3 cm.

Summary of Content: He has received a letter from Hyde about his investment with the Tolland County Bank in Connecticut. They have passed through the season without a yellow fever epidemic. The dismissal of the Surgeon General may affect his own orders. Dr. William A. Hammond was court-martialed on a trumped-up charge initiated by Edwin Stanton and was dismissed from the army in 1864 (later exonerated). "This will probably affect my position here as the Surg.-J. Mills[?]-who was here before me, is in favor with Stanton and will probably be sent back to spite Gen Hammond, as the latter after ordering him away from here, attempted to have him retired as an old fogy, but failed."

Background Information: After serving in the Utah War, Moore returned east, assigned to the Marine Hospital in Cincinnati until August 1862. As a newly promoted major, he transferred to the Army of the ...Potomac, assigned as medical director of the Central Grand division, where he participated in the second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and in Chancellorsville as medical director of the 5th Corps. In June 1863 Moore became the medical director of the Department of the Tennessee, assisting in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Sherman's march on Atlanta, where he acted as medical director of the armies of Georgia, Tennessee, and Sherman's army, and was given the rank of lieutenant colonel and then colonel. Moore saw the end of the war in Missouri in St. Louis and Vicksburg.

Following the war Moore served two years at Fort Wadsworth and Fort Columbus in New York Harbor then practiced as a surgeon in the New York City area. After short stints in Europe, Virginia, Texas, Washington, and California, he was named Surgeon General in 1886. He retired in 1890 and continued living an active life in Washington, D.C. until his death in 1907.

Kelly is Moore's sister.
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People: Moore, John, 1826-1907
Kelly, Mary Moore, ca. 1819-1899

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: DiseaseMedical HistoryCivil WarMilitary HistorySoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterUnion ForcesFinanceBankingYellow FeverEpidemicHealth and MedicalLincoln's CabinetMilitary LawPolitics

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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