Name and location of repository
Level of description
William M. McPheeters Diary
- 1840-1856 (Creation)
- 1840-1856 (Creation)
0.50 Linear Feet
Name of creator
William M. McPheeters was a physician who practiced in St. Louis after obtaining his medical degree in Philadelphia. During the Civil War, his family was among the numerous St. Louis families who sympathized with the South, so they were forced to pay fines that would be used for the relief of refugees. McPheeters refused to take an oath of loyalty to the Union, so he left his family and practice to offer his medical expertise to the Confederacy in Richmond, VA in 1862. He was appointed as the medical director for General Price's army in Tupelo, Mississippi. After the war, McPheeters returned to St. Louis to resume his practice. He remained in St. Louis for the rest of his life, serving as editor and contributor to the St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal.
Scope and content
William McPheeter's bound handrwitten diary. A diary recorded during residency at the Philadelphia Hospital at Blockley (the Philadelphia Alms House Hospital, later Philadelphia General Hospital). Entries concerning the Blockley service begin 25 May 1840, end 19 April 1841. Subsequent entries relate to McPheeters's move and early professional career in St. Louis, and are dated 1841-1856.
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Becker Library copy:The diary was given to the Society by Walter Baumgarten, Jr., 1963.
Immediate source of acquisition
Gift, Becker Library copy: St. Louis Society for Medical and Scientific Education, 1990 June 4 (1990-061: FC097 (William M. McPheeters diary, 1840-1856))
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