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Folding Cased Civil War Amputation Set
by Weiss, London
From The Collection of Dr. Scott Watson.

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Folding cased amputation set by Weiss, London.
Inscribed to: "Dr. James Harris, Surgeon 7th R.I. Inf. Regt."

Harris Pictured In Middle

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James Harris went to Brown University, Providence, R.I., and then transferred to New York City Univeristy but finished medical school training from Philadelphia College of Medicine and Surgery in 1852. He then worked at the Emmigrant Hospital on Ward's Island in N.Y.City Harbor.

Dr. Harris served initially with the 1st R.I. gallantly at first Bull Run, attending with Burnside at the critically wounding of his Col., actually is noted to have presented/surrendered with whiteflag to the victorious CSA troops at Sudley Ford, Mannassas after the rout of the federals. Was imprisoned in Richmond and later parolled, rose to Regt. Surgeon of the 2nd and 7th R.I.. Later was Brigade Surgeon and then Surgeon in Chief of the 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac. Much historical, research information. Was mentioned in Rhodes auto-biography. Was with Sullivan Ballou (the officer who wrote that famous poignant love letter to his wife prior to 1st bull run featured in Ken Burns TV documentary of the civil war Will try to list some of Dr. James Harris historical research items:

Overview: Born 2/23/1827 in Providence, R.I. Resided St. Louis, Providence, R.I., and Conn.. Never married, (5 feet 5 3/4 inches tall, weight 168 lbs in 1905).

1861 commissioned (4/61) Surgeon (Major) of the First R.I. Vols., Col. A. Burnside commanding. (yes the Burnside of Antietam/Fredericksburg and 'sideburns' fame).

Served as Surgeon on Gen. Burnsides Staff and also Surgeon of the 2nd and 7th R.I. Vol. Infantry.

Present at 1st Bull Run, attended Col. John Slocum's fatal wounding on the field. Presented the CS infantry with surrender white flag whilst staying behind and attending the R.I. wounded. Captured and imprisoned at Richmond for more than 2 months and later exchanged.

Dr. Harris role at 1st Bull Run noted in Elisha Hunt Rhodes "All for the Union"-history of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunter Infantry.

Present on duty during Antietam (Sept, 1862).

March 18, 1863 appointed Brigade Surgeon (1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac (Burnsides Corps).

June 8th, 1863 requested a 30 day leave of absence to return to Rhode Island (correlates with the noted time period that the 1/2 plate tintype was taken in R.I.).

August 21st, 1863 thru 0ctober, 1863 sick leave of absence due to 'malarial fever' and 'pleurisy' contracted during 'campaigns in the Mississippi' theatre.

Present, on duty for Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec., 1863.

June 19th, 1864 Assigned MEDICAL INSPECTOR of the 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac

Oct. 19th, 1864 Relieved of duty as Medical Inspector-9th Corps and assigned to 2nd Division, 9th Corps as SURGEON IN CHIEF of the 2nd Division.

Served in 1867 as Surgeon of the iron clad ram "Stonewall" and arrived (from Norfolk VA.) at Yokohama, Japan in 1868 and resided thereafter as surgeon/physician.

June 22, 1867 Brevette Lt. Colonel promotion (to date from March 13, 1865)

Dec 2nd, 1904 Pensioned $20/month.

Died: August 1st, 1907 in Yokohama, Japan.

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