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El Lobo27 Sep 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

Did these orderlies wear a standard uniform? Also I,ve heard they wore an armband, could someone provide a description or photo of this?What sort of emblem,standard was flown over Confederate field Hospitals for identification purposes?What ranks were surgeons, doctors?Thanks in advance for your help.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2018 10:59 a.m. PST

Surgeons were majors, and Assistant Surgeons were captain or lieutenants.




Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 5:35 a.m. PST

As opposed to the Union, there were no specific uniforms for the Confederates – here is a quote from Civil War Rx

"Confederate hospital stewards' uniforms and insignia were not officially regulated, but one surgeon recalled that on the uniform many wore, the chevrons on the coat sleeves and the stripe down the trousers very similar to those worn by an orderly or first sergeant, but were black in color."

capncarp30 Sep 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

CSA Assistant Surgeons performed much in the way of combat medics or paramedics, venturing much closer to the edge of battle, providing first aid, some wound stabilization, minor surgery with a pocket instrument kit, and a bit of triage.
The rate of casualties for Assistant Surgeons was much higher for the South, since Federal procedures had the medical orderlies attend to bringing the wounded back to a rear-echelon casualty station where they could be sorted and treated by the Union Surgeons and Asst. Surgeons.

El Lobo02 Oct 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

Thanks for the replies,very informative.

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