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Medicine in the Texas Armed Forces

The Texas army had only a loosely organized medical corps. During the Texas Revolution, many doctors in the United States volunteered to help Texas physicians. Six doctors were killed at the Alamo, and a number of doctors died at Goliad.

At San Jacinto, Dr. Alexander W. Ewing treated Sam Houston and others for their wounds. Ewing was soon named surgeon general of the Texas army. He took charge quickly, organizing and distributing surgeons to meet the needs of the army and regulating the distribution of medical supplies. In June 1837, Houston replaced Ewing with Dr. Ashbel Smith, who established rudimentary medical stations at Houston, Galveston, and West Bernard. The office of surgeon general was abolished in 1841.

The Texas Navy had a separate medical corps from the army. It was poorly organized but nonetheless attracted a number of volunteers until the navy disbanded in 1843.

Medical supplies for the Invincible, February 1836

 

23rd Febr 1836

Schooner Invincible & Govt of Texas

3 oz

Tinct Canthasides & Stopt bottle

63

3 oz

Fol Digitalis

37

3 a

Galla Alleppo & vial

38

8 a

Sulph Alumen & bot

50

4 oz

Sub Boras Soda & vial

47

8 oz

Nad Serp Ving

38

4 oz

Pula Zingiliar & vial

37

8 oz

Pula Opii & Bot

6.25

6 oz

Camphor & Bot

1—

6 oz

Gum Mino & Bot

88

8 oz

Emp Adhesive

50

6 oz

Acetas Plumbi & bot

50

6 oz

Sacs Alb                                    15 e

90

1

Qt. Bot Ol Olivar Opt

1.75

6

Bots Sinapi Ang                             2/

1.50

8 oz

Anthemis Nobilis

50

4 oz

Nitras Argenti & bl                           10/

5.12

1

Qt. Bot Ol Terebintha

75

1

Bot Balo Copaiva

75

2 D

Sapo Castile                                     3/

75

1 D

Pin Burgundy ber

50

1 D

Cera Flav

50

1 D

Ext Glych

38

1

Pot Ung Simplea

1—

1 oz

Bi Chlor Nyd & vial

25

6 oz

Acid Muriatic & Stopt vial

75

6 oz

“ Nitric “ [ditto]

75

6 oz

“ Sulphuric “ [ditto]

75

1 D

Nops

50

6 oz

Ext Plumbi & vial

75

1

Case Trepanning Instruments

20—

1

“ Pocket [ditto]

20—

3

Torniquets                                    18/

6.75

1

Pair Forceps

1.25

1

Turn Key

2—

1

Gum Lancet

75

3

Thumb Lancets Evans                  8/

3—

 

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84.03

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Medical supplies purchased for the Invincible, February 23, 1836. McKinney, Williams, and Company Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 

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