[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.] ORTON, DARIUS STONE. 1841-1918. Manuscript Civil War-era journal of Dr. Darius Orton, Corporal, Co. I, 10th Cavalry,

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[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.]
ORTON, DARIUS STONE. 1841-1918.
Manuscript Civil War-era journal of Dr. Darius Orton, Corporal, Co. I, 10th Cavalry,

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[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.]
ORTON, DARIUS STONE. 1841-1918. Manuscript Civil War-era journal of Dr. Darius Orton, Corporal, Co. I, 10th Cavalry, mostly recording specific cases during his posting at Campbell Hospital in Washington, D.C., 1861 to 1864, approximately 340 pages with entries in pencil and ink on lined paper, bound in half black morocco and marbled boards. Orton's name inscribed twice on front endpaper, dated July 19th, 1867 and September 6, [18]71.
Provenance: Norm Flayderman (cited, Lincoln Herald, vol. 77, no 1, Spring 1975, p 68).

An extensive journal filled with personal musings, poetry, expense records, and detailed descriptions of cases treated while Orton served at the Campbell General Hospital in Washington. Most notably, on pp 68 and 69, he recounts a visit by Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, where they stopped to console Private George L. Chase of the 36th Massachusetts volunteers in May of 1864. The young soldier had suffered a gunshot wound to the right knee, which had seemed likely to heal until an infection set in, and the leg had to be amputated. "I had just brought him in from the operating room when Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln came through the Hospital ... she took him by the hand and the Dr. told him that it was Mrs. Lincoln - he cried out how do you do Mrs. Lincoln - Oh! I am so glad to see you ... Uncle Abe took him by the hand, bid him goodbye...." Private Chase died on June 17th. During the war, Washington was filled with wounded soldiers, and the hospital system had to be expanded to meet the need. The Lincolns were know to appear at the many hospitals unannounced to visit the wounded.

Darius Orton was born in Fairhaven, VT in 1841, and was attending school in New York prior to enlisting at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was assigned to hospital duty, as recounted in his journal, and served the duration of the war. He attended Georgetown University during his service, and obtained his MD from Albany Medical College in 1866, before settling in Northampton, NY.

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