Nice standing view of the regimental surgeon, Dr. Hurd from Amesbury, Mass.
The standing view of Dr. Yorick Gordon Hurd, of the 48th Mass Volunteer Infantry was taken in his hometown of Amesbury, Massachusetts by “Clarkson.” Hurd was commissioned into the regiment on December 8, 1862 and mustered out of service on September 3rd, 1863. His 9 month service with the 48th Mass. took place in the Department of the Gulf, and a good time of that tending the wounded during the Siege of Port Hudson, as well as dealing with the rampant sickness along the Mississippi River region.
Taken from the unit history,”Dr. Hurd was one of the best surgeons of the Civil War. The death rate from sickness in our regiment was less that any other in the Department.” After the war he continued to render good service to the military and civil service of the State, He served as Medical Director on the Division Staff of General B.F. Butler.” While seeing to the needs of Captain Sherman of the 48th Mass, who had been wounded during the assault on Port Hudson defenses in June of 1863, and when putting him into an ambulance, Sherman said, “It is too bad about poor Captain Todd, he went down right in front of me and we went right over his dead body.” Dr. Hurd responded, “Not by a d___ sight!…I took an old broken French bayonet three inches long out of his mouth and he is all right.”
Sounded like the confederate artillery was using anything it could to bring down attackers; no doubt grape shot getting scarce.
The image is in very good- fine condition, and has been in the 1st Lt. Ogden album from before his death in 1864 at the battle of Spottsylvania.