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Object Name Kit, Surgical
Catalog Number 0985.13.00969, a-uu
Description The surgical kit (.969) comes in a wooden box with an insert divider between halves and two lift-out trays from a base layer. The kit has its own brown leather carrying case (.969a); however, the case has a broken handle on one side, a torn buckle, and a missing strap to the buckle.
The contents of the kit follow: In the lid are six staves or sounders (b-g), bone forceps (h). In the 1st tray are an capital bone saw (i), three trephine drill bits (j-l), trephine handle (m), bullet forceps (n), hey saw (o), trocar (p), forceps (q), bullet extractor (r), and two retractors (s-t). In the 2nd tray are four straight scalpels (u-x), two hernia knives (y-z), one tenaculum (aa), ligature needle (bb), scalpel/chisel (cc), roll of ligature thread (dd), bone file (ee), metacarpal saw (ff), catlin (gg), amputation knife (hh), catlin (ii), and amputation knife (jj). In the base are a tourniquet (kk), two bone forceps (ll-mm), bone chisel (nn), mallet (oo), curved scissors (pp), and two bone chisels (qq-rr). Apparently a director was found with this kit in 6/2007, but is not believed to have originally been in the kit (although there is a possiblity it simply was not originally cataloged correctly); it is unclear how it may have been added to the kit.
Dimensions H-5 L-16.25 D-7.25 inches
Owned unidentified Union soldier; Isaac Scott Tanner
Owner Regiment 1st Virginia Cavalry, Co. F
21st North Carolina
Hoke's Brigade
Provenance Surgical kit belonged to chief surgeon Isaac Scott Turner. It was captured from the Federal supply train or hospital department of some Pennsylvanian unit. He served in Co. F, 1st Virginia Cavalry; surgeon, 21st North Carolina; brigade surgeon, Hoke's Brigade' chief surgeon, Hoke's Division, Gen. J.E. Johnston's staff.
People unidentified Union soldier
Tanner, Isaac Scott
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 hospitals
Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies
Medical personnel
Surgery
Surgical instruments