Union Surgeon General William A. Hammond War Date Clip Signature


Signed “William Hammond Surgeon General, USA”. Clip signature measuring 3 X 1.5. Overall very fine. Nice bold signature in ink. A nice piece of medical history you can frame up on your wall.


Upon the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, Hammond left the University and rejoined the U.S. Army. He was assigned to administrative work in the organization of hospitals and sanitary stations. His success brought him appointment as Surgeon-General of the Medical Corps over the heads of his superiors. Hammond served as Surgeon-General from Apr. 1862 to Aug. 1864 when he was dismissed from service as the result of a court-martial brought against him. the court-decision was later reversed in 1879, and Hammond appointed a full brigadier-general and placed upon the retired list. In the interim, Hammond moved after the war to New York City where he lectured at the College ofPhysicians and Surgeons, Bellevue Medical College, and the University of the City of New York.

In addition, he helped found the New York Post-Graduate Medical School. Having acquired substantial personal wealth and following the reversal of the court-martial verdict against him, Hammond moved back to Washington, D.C. in mid-1888. He lived there until his death.


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