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Thomas M. Reece Papers

Identifier: MS-BC538

Scope and Contents

These papers contain morning reports, inventories of medical supplies, reports of sick and wounded, circulars, general andspecial orders, receipts and inspection reports make up the bulk of the collection. Daily reports fromCamp Butler and Baton Rouge. Material concerning the siege of Port Hudson, La. and sanitaryconditions in the Union army. A prescription book compiled at Camp Butler gives information aboutmedicines used. A journal gives the medical history of the 118th Infantry and includes Reece’smonthly reports of the Unit’s field activities. A copy book kept at Baton Rouge records Reece’sduties as surgeon in chief of the Cavalry Division of the Department of the Gulf. The only significantpersonal letters in the collection are those by E.E. Chesney, a newspaper editor from Knox County,Illinois, who wrote occasional lengthy letters about life, literature and society. The small amount ofpost Civil War material deals mostly with medical societies and a daybook, 1874-1876, and ledger,1872-1875, gives a picture of his patients and practice in Abingdon.


  • Created: 1857-1876
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1984



1.68 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Abingdon, Illinois physician who acted as the medical director at Camp Butler, 1861-1862, then as surgeon with the 118th Illinois Infantry, and Surgeon in Chief, Cavalry Division, Department of the Gulf. He practiced medicine in Abingdon until his death in 1894

Arrangement Note

The records are arranged roughly chronologically by topic.
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Laurel Bowen and Kendra Ciccone
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Repository Details

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