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Union Private John Parmenter, Company G, Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers

Reed Brockway Bontecou (American, 1824–1907)

Date:
June 21, 1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 5.7 x 9.1 cm (2 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Collection Stanley B. Burns, M.D.
  • Description

    In this remarkable carte de visite, Private Parmenter lies unconscious from anesthesia on an operating table at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C. To save his patient’s life, Doctor Bontecou amputated the soldier’s wounded, ulcerous foot. Before the discovery of antibiotics, gangrene was a dreaded and deadly infection that greatly contributed to the high mortality rate of soldiers during the Civil War.

  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist; Stanley B. Burns

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