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Object Name Chest, Medicine
Catalog Number 0985.13.00994
Description The medicine chest is made of wood with handles on the top. The top of the chest is stenciled: "MEDICAL CHEST / Co. A. 32nd Regt. O.V. , U.S.A." The front of the chest is stenciled, "J. LUCY, M. D." Twenty-four square bottle compartments are inside the chest. Sixteen of the compartments contain bottles. The first row, left to right: half-full bottle of powdered ipecac (a); empty tall bottle with cork inside (b); empty tall bottle (c); short bottle with bottom of cork still in place, cloudy, with parts of lable still intact (d); short bottle with cork intact, illegible label still intact (e). The second row, left to right: empty tall bottle, clear, with cork (f); empty tall bottle, chipped lip, no cork (g); short bottle, with cork, brown powder inside, part of lable still intact (h). The third row, left to right: empty tall bottle, no cork, remnants of orangle lable remains (i); tall bottle with cork, brown tar-like substance around inside bottom and around cork, part of label still intact, reads "Hogsh__d Brothers & Co. / Corner drugstore - Staunton, VA" (j); short empty bottle, part of label still intact, cork in, top not (k); tall empty bottle, bottom part of cork in bottle neck, part of orange label intact (l); tall empty bottle, piece of cork in bottle, blank label around bottle, chipped lip (m); empty short bottle, part of label intact, small pieces of cork in bottle (n); short bottle with cork, part of label intact (o); short bottle with cork, part of label intact, white powder substance inside (p); cork top (q); half a cork top (r); small cork top (s); temporary tag for small bottle of "lime water", with full label and screw-on top (thus probably postwar, and may not originally have been in this chest; possible it was added in intervening years) (t).
Dimensions H-7.375 W-9.25 L-14 inches
Owned J. Lucy [Jackson Lucy]; Dr. Watson
Owner Regiment 32nd Ohio Infantry, Co. A, US
Provenance The medicine chest was captured during the war; presumably, it had belonged to a Federal doctor named Dr. J. [Jackson] Lucy. It was later owned (believed captured) by a Confederate doctor named Dr. Watson.

According to a book published about the 32nd Ohio, "Jackson Lucy, who was at that time residing in Carrollton, and engaged in the practice of medicine, was chiefly instrumental
in recruiting and organizing the company [A]." Lucy was appointed Captain of Company A, and resigned on March 12, 1862. The regiment was attached to Kimball's Brigade, Cheat Mountain, District West Virginia, to November 1861. Milroy's Brigade, Reynolds' Command, Cheat Mountain, District West Virginia, to March 1862. The medicine chest was likely captured at the battle of Battle of Cheat Mountain or Battle of Greenbrier River, as these occurred when Lucy was still enrolled.
People Lucy, Jackson
Watson, Dr.
Search Terms items captured by Confederate soldiers
items captured from Union soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
Surgeons
Subjects Doctors
Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies
Medical personnel
Medicines