Matchless Organization:
The Confederate Army Medical Department

by Guy R. Hasegawa

“Engaging the Civil War” Series
Southern Illinois University Press,

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Despite the many obstacles it had to overcome—including a naval blockade, lack of a strong industrial base, and personnel unaccustomed to military life—the Richmond-based Confederate Army Medical Department developed into a robust organization that nimbly adapted to changing circumstances. In the first book to address the topic, Guy R. Hasegawa describes the organization and management of the Confederate army’s medical department. At its head was Surgeon General Samuel Preston Moore, a talented multitasker with the organizational know-how to put in place qualified medical personnel to care for sick and wounded Confederate soldiers.

Hasegawa investigates how political considerations, personalities, and, as the war progressed, the diminishing availability of human and material resources influenced decision-making in the medical department. Amazingly, the surgeon general’s office managed not only to provide care but also to offer educational opportunities to its personnel and collect medical and surgical data for future use, regardless of constant and growing difficulties.

During and after the war, the medical department of the Confederate army was consistently praised as being admirably organized and efficient. Although the department was unable to match its Union counterpart in manpower and supplies, Moore’s intelligent management enabled it to help maintain the fighting strength of the Confederate army.

Publications in this Series

Matchless Organization: Introduction

by Chris Mackowski

by Guy R. Hasegawa *     *     * In clinical prose, Guy Hasegawa recounts the from-scratch creation of the Confederate medical department, which was often challenged by insufficient resources and an inadequate number of trained medical professionals. Through the tireless work and clear vision of Surgeon General Samuel Preston Moore, the medical department rose to […]

Matchless Organization: Medical Officers in the Regular Confederate Army

by Emerging Civil War

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Matchless Organization: Photo Gallery

by Chris Mackowski

by Guy R. Hasegawa *     *     * Photo Gallery

Matchless Organization: Nonsurgeon Employees of the Surgeon General’s Office

by Emerging Civil War

by Guy R. Hasegawa *     *     * Nonsurgeon Employees of the Surgeon General’s Office Name Approximate Time of Service Extra-Duty Men       Ambold, Ernest A., Private Dec. 1863–May 1864       Arrington, A. W., Private Sept. 1863–Feb. 1864       Axson, R., Hospital Steward July 1863–Nov. 1864       Baird, Henry C., Hospital Steward Dec. 1863–July 1864 […]