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I Acted from Principle: The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters, Confederate Surgeonin the Trans-Mississippi

William M. McPheeters August 25, 2018

At the start of the Civil War, Dr William McPheeters was a distinguished physician in St Louis, conducting unprecedented public health research, forging new medical standards, and organizing the state s first professional associations But Missouri was a volatile border state Under martial law, Union authorities kept close watch on known Confederate sympathizers McPheeAt the start of the Civil War, Dr William McPheeters was a distinguished physician in St Louis, conducting unprecedented public health research, forging new medical standards, and organizing the state s first professional associations But Missouri was a volatile border state Under martial law, Union authorities kept close watch on known Confederate sympathizers McPheeters was followed, arrested, threatened, and finally, in 1862, given an ultimatum sign an oath of allegiance to the Union or go to federal prison McPheeters acted from principle instead, fleeing by night to Confederate territory He served as a surgeon under Gen Sterling Price and his Missouri forces west of the Mississippi River, treating soldiers diseases, malnutrition, and terrible battle wounds From almost the moment of his departure, the doctor kept a diary It was a pocket size notebook which he made by folding sheets of pale blue writing paper in half and in which he wrote in miniature with his steel pen It is the first known daily account by a Confederate medical officer in the Trans Mississippi Department It also tells his wife s story, which included harassment by Federal military officials, imprisonment in St Louis, and banishment from Missouri with the couple s two small children The journal appears here in its complete and original form, exactly as the doctor first wrote it, with the addition of the editors full annotation and vivid introductions to each section.


  • Title: I Acted from Principle: The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters, Confederate Surgeonin the Trans-Mississippi
  • Author: William M. McPheeters
  • ISBN: 9781557287953
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
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