Christopher H. Tebault, Surgeon to the Confederacy


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About the Book

Among the top physicians of the Confederacy, Christopher H. Tebault distinguished himself as a surgeon during the Civil War. Recognized for his medical contributions after the war, he was nominated Surgeon General of the United Confederate Veterans, a position he used to compile the history of Confederate medicine, advocate for veterans and contribute to Southern literature. A staunch “Lost Cause” proponent, he also fought Reconstruction policies and the enfranchisement of former slaves.
Drawing on his own writings, this first biography of Tebault describes his notable medical education in New Orleans and the ingenuity he used to treat wounds and illness, as well as his struggles against Reconstruction policies, situating his story in the problematic context of Confederate history that persists today.

About the Author(s)

Entrepreneur and author Alan I. West has been a long-time collector of Civil War medical artifacts. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Alan I. West
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: 53 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8082-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3884-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
1. Dr. Christopher Hamilton Tebault  5
2. The War  15
3. Medical Practice in New Orleans  46
4. Reconstruction  65
5. The Lost Cause  112
6. The United Confederate Veterans  136
Afterword  141
Dr. Tebault’s Writings—A Selection  155
Chapter Notes  179
Bibliography  185
Index  193