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Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence

Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence
Creator: Huntoon, Andrew Jackson, d. 1902
Date: 1860-1863
Andrew Jackson Huntoon was a physician who came to Kansas in 1857, settling south of Topeka in Williamsport, Shawnee County. In 1861 he enlisted with the 5th Kansas Cavalry volunteer regiment, serving as assistant surgeon and surgeon of that group, seeing service along the Missouri border and in Arkansas. After mustering out he settled in Topeka, where he died in 1902. This collection consists primarily of letters to or from Lizzie, Huntoon's friend and later wife. Some of the content describes Indian affairs and military matters. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.

Edwin C. White, World War I soldier

Edwin C. White, World War I soldier
Date: 1918
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Edwin C. White, Divisional Surgeon, 35th Division.

Report of killed and wounded soldiers and citizens at, and in the vicinity of Fort Wallace, Kansas, by Indians since April 14, 1867. [South Fork of Smoky Hill River]

Report of killed and wounded soldiers and citizens at, and in the vicinity of Fort Wallace, Kansas, by Indians since April 14, 1867. [South Fork of Smoky Hill River]
Creator: Turner, Theophilus H., Dr., 1840-1869
Date: September 12, 1867
This item, compiled at Fort Wallace, Kansas, in September 1867, details the military and civilian casualties that resulted from encounters with "hostile" Indians near Fort Wallace, Kansas. Included is the soldier's name, rank, company, regiment, date of death, and the object that caused the wound.


Date: between 1820 and 1900
Scarificators appeared in the early 1700s and were used for blood letting. The lever on top of the brass box releases a set of blades that snap out of the slits on the base providing a standardized depth and length of cut. This model has twelve blades- the most common number. It was owned by Dr. James Haller who practiced in Middletown, Ohio, in the 1840s and 1850s, and was a surgeon with General Sherman's Army in the U.S. Civil War.


Date: between 1860 and 1890
Laennec-style monaural stethoscope. Wooden tube, flared at both ends. Used by James Haller (1824-1907). Haller, a doctor from Middleton, Ohio, was commissioned as an Assistant Surgeon of the 38th Regiment Ohio Volunteers on June 10, 1861. On July 13, 1963 he was promoted to surgeon. Following the Battle of Chickamauga he was trasnferred to the hospital of the Third Division of the 14th Army Corps, where he remained until mustering out on January 9, 1865. Haller and his wife, Annie B. Schenck, settled in Burlingame, Kansas in 1868, where he continued to practice medicine. Haller served at least two terms as Mayor of Burlingame. He was also appointed by Governor Glick as a regent of the State Normal School at Emporia.

Surgeon's certificate for Charles R. Green

Surgeon's certificate for Charles R. Green
Creator: Army of the United States, Department of the Ohio
Date: December 29, 1863
This item from the collection of Charles R. Green details the injuries he sustained during the Battle of Chicamauga in September of 1863. Following the Civil War, Green began a career as a historian of American history, primarily focusing on Native Americans. According to the certificate, Green suffered from gun shot wounds on both arms. At the time he was injured, Green was a private in Company A, 101st, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and his age was listed as 17.

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