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Object Name Knife, Surgical
Catalog Number 0985.13.00967c
Description Surgical knife / catlin: Knife has a metal blade with a cutting edge extending almost completely on one side. A second cutting edge extends from the tip 2 1/2" down spine. Resticted neck above the bolster. Maker's mark stamped in neck. Mahogany wood handle with cross-hatching on both sides of grip. "Slater" painted in red on one side of knife blade. Part of a surgical/amputation kit.
Material Metal/wood
Dimensions W-0.755 L-11.125 inches
Owned Leonard A. Slater; A. Brogden
Owner Regiment 3rd Virginia Cavalry, Co. F
15th Virginia Cavalry
Made F. Arnold
Provenance Dr. Leonard Slater used the surgical kit during the war in service with the Confederate Army. He enlisted as a Private on June 25, 1861 in Co. F, 3rd Virginia Cavalry. He was detached as a Hospital Steward from November 1861 through February 1862. In March 1862 Slater was promoted to Assistant Surgeon and transferred to the 15th Virginia Cavalry in October 1862. He was captured on January 20, 1864 at Statersville but released on February 4, 1864 because he was a noncombatant. On October 22, 1864 he was reassigned to General Hospital #10 in Salisbury, North Carolina. Slater was paroled in Salisbury on May 2, 1865.

The name engraved on this kit suggests it was originally owned by Dr. A. Brogden.
People Slater, Leonard A.
Brogden, A.
Subjects Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies
Medical personnel
Surgical instruments