I Acted From Principle
Edited By: Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock and Bill J. Gurley
The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters, Confederate Surgeon
Before the Civil War, Dr. William McPheeters was a distinguished physician in St. Louis, MO, conducting unprecedented public-health research, forging new medical standards, and organizing the state’s first professional associations. In 1862, McPheeters fled to Confederate territory. He served as a surgeon under General Sterling Price and his Missouri forces west of the Mississippi River, treating soldiers’ diseases, malnutrition, and terrible battle wounds. This is the first known daily account by a Confederate medical officer in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and it also tells his wife’s story. The journal appears here in its complete and original form, with the addition of the editors’ full annotation and vivid introductions to each section.
Softcover, 423 pages