Repairing the ‘March of Mars’


“Repairing the ‘March of Mars’- The Civil War Diaries of John Samuel Apperson” edited by John Herbert Roper

From the cover: There are many collections of letters and Civil War memoirs available today, but very few offer in-depth information about the medical treatment of wounded soldiers. Apperson’s diary while assigned to a field hospital unit is a sensitive and painstaking observation of the details of medical treatment during and after battle. For all periods of the war, his detailed personal records supplement and correct official army hospital records, and, for certain periods, his diary provides the only medical information available. For example, Apperson was present at the amputation of Stonewall Jackson’s arm, and his diary shows that he died of Post-operative pneumonia, not of a botched surgery. His diary is a literate work, and is a treasure in Civil War literature. 654 pages

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