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Finding Aid to the Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary, 1860-1864; 1924; 1972

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Summary Information
Title: Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary
Creator: Letterman, Jonathan, 1824-1872
Dates: 1860-1864; 1924; 1972
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
Telegraph transcripts of military orders and directives sent and received by Letterman during his Civil War service. The diaries describe a trip from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union, N.M. and back. Evidence indicates that the diary was not kept by Letterman.

Call number: MS C 96
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions on access.

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Preferred Citation:

Letterman, Jonathan. Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary. 1860-1864; 1924; 1972. Located in: Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 096.

Provenance:

Unknown.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary, 1860-1864; 1924; 1972

HMD Staff
Processed by HMD Staff
Encoded by Jim Labosier
Processing completed unknown; 2007

Descriptive Summary

Letterman, Jonathan, 1824-1872Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary Dates: 1860-1864; 1924; 19720.21 linear feet (1 box)MS C 96 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Telegraph transcripts of military orders and directives sent and received by Letterman during his Civil War service. The diaries describe a trip from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union, N.M. and back. Evidence indicates that the diary was not kept by Letterman.Provenance:

Unknown.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions on access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

The National Library of Medicine believes these materials to be in the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the National Library of Medicine assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

Letterman, Jonathan. Jonathan Letterman Correspondence and Diary. 1860-1864; 1924; 1972. Located in: Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 096.

Biographical Note

Pennsylvania native Jonathan Letterman, 1824-1872, graduated from Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College in 1849. From 1849 to 1860 he served as an assistant surgeon for the Army Medical Department in Florida, Fort Ripley, Mn., Fort Defiance, N.M., and Fort Monroe, Va. When the Civil War began he was serving in California. In 1862 he was appointed Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. In this capacity, Letterman reorganized medical treatment of wounded by establishing mobile field hospitals, triage, and efficient distribution of medical supplies. For this work, he became known as the father of battlefield medicine. He left the army in 1864, relocated to California and was coroner of San Francisco when he died.


Telegraph transcripts of military orders and directives sent and received by Letterman during his Civil War service. Also includes letter from Surgeon General William A. Hammond declaring that Letterman was detailed for duty with the Army of the Potomac as medical director. The diaries describe a trip from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union, N.M. and back. Evidence indicates that the diary was not kept by Letterman.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • American Civil War
    • Military Medicine
    • Military Personnel
    Personal Names

    • Hammond, William Alexander, 1828-1900
    Corporate Names

    • Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)
    Geographic Names

    • Kansas
    • New Mexico
    Genre Terms

    • Diary

    Series Descriptions

    11 Background and provenance research, 1924; 19722933096RX1

    [view online]

    12-3 Telegraphs and correspondence, 1862-18642933096RX2

    [view online]

    14 Diary, trip from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe, N.M. (booklet and loose pages), 1860 May 30 - July 52933096RX3

    [view online]

    15 Diary, trip from Santa Fe, N.M. to Fort Leavenworth, 1860 Sept. 27 - Oct. 292933096RX4

    [view online]


    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Telegraph transcripts of military orders and directives sent and received by Letterman during his Civil War service. Also includes letter from Surgeon General William A. Hammond declaring that Letterman was detailed for duty with the Army of the Potomac as medical director. The diaries describe a trip from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union, N.M. and back. Evidence indicates that the diary was not kept by Letterman.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
    1 1
    Background and provenance research, 1924; 1972 [view online]
    1 2-3
    Telegraphs and correspondence, 1862-1864 [view online]
    1 4
    Diary, trip from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe, N.M. (booklet and loose pages), 1860 May 30 - July 5 [view online]
    1 5
    Diary, trip from Santa Fe, N.M. to Fort Leavenworth, 1860 Sept. 27 - Oct. 29 [view online]