Matt’s Book Blog reviewed The Wounded River: The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D. edited by Peter Josyph for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here is an excerpt:

Just before the outbreak of the Civil War,  J. V. Lauderdale graduated from medical school, getting an education without studying with microscopes and the germ theory of disease. He landed a Union Army position as a contract surgeon at a princely sum of $100 per month (about $2,000 in today’s money). He was assigned to the January, a hospital ship on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. He wrote to his unmarried sister Francis almost daily during his five-month tour. These letters were edited and annotated into this interesting book by Peter Josyph for the Michigan State University Press.

The best point is that the letters feel immediate since Lauderdale is writing of events that he witnessed only hours before. He gives the impressions of an intelligent and sensitive person.

Read the full review.

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