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Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts (review)

Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th... and Noe stops short his analysis in a conclusion-less final chapter. Perhaps the true significance of this book can be found in Noe's final lines: although many soldiers excelled in times of war, not all of them delighted in it. Timothy J. Orr timothy j. orr is an assistant professor of military history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and the editor of Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (University of Tennessee Press, 2011). Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts. Edited by Richard M. Reid. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010. Pp. 288. Cloth, $39.95.) Burt G. Wilder was a twenty-two-year-old Boston-born medical student when he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in May 1863. The Civil War was two years old, and the Fifty-fifth was a newly formed African American regiment, a younger sibling of the more famous Massachusetts Fifty-fourth. Wilder, a white man who described himself as coming from a family of "Swedenborgians, homeopaths, haters of oppression and vegetarians," was a perfect fit for the regiment, whose white http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 2 (2) – May 19, 2012

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and Noe stops short his analysis in a conclusion-less final chapter. Perhaps the true significance of this book can be found in Noe's final lines: although many soldiers excelled in times of war, not all of them delighted in it. Timothy J. Orr timothy j. orr is an assistant professor of military history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and the editor of Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (University of Tennessee Press, 2011). Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts. Edited by Richard M. Reid. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010. Pp. 288. Cloth, $39.95.) Burt G. Wilder was a twenty-two-year-old Boston-born medical student when he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in May 1863. The Civil War was two years old, and the Fifty-fifth was a newly formed African American regiment, a younger sibling of the more famous Massachusetts Fifty-fourth. Wilder, a white man who described himself as coming from a family of "Swedenborgians, homeopaths, haters of oppression and vegetarians," was a perfect fit for the regiment, whose white

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 19, 2012

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