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Buckner Confederate Hospital Medical Logs

Identifier: MSS-4339

Scope and Contents

This collection from Buckner Hospital, dating from April 1862 to April 1865, is comprised of one ledger of patients treated by the hospital’s mobile unit and one ledger of medical orders. The patient ledger is 343 pages and contains patient names, ranks, regiments, companies, complaints and applied treatments, and whether the patient was discharged or died. The medical orders ledger is 141 pages of general and specific orders concerning medical treatment at field hospitals. The ledgers are fragile and require careful handling.


  • 1862-04 - 1865-04


Physical Description

Very fragile, careful handling required.

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Biographical / Historical

Buckner Hospital, also known as ‘the Buckner,’ was a Confederate general hospital established to treat Civil War soldiers who required lengthier stays and treatments than field hospitals could provide. Buckner Hospital had a mobile unit that operated across Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and treated soldiers in the field who needed less intensive medical care.

William Thomas McAllister (1829-1886) received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1848 before moving to Hale County, Alabama, where he practiced general medicine until enlisting with the 25th Alabama Infantry as an assistant surgeon in 1862. Later that same year, McAllister was appointed as a surgeon in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. In November 1863, he became the surgeon-in-charge at Buckner Hospital, a position he held until the Civil War ended in 1865. After the war, McAllister practiced general medicine in Perry County, Alabama, with his wife, Martha, who worked as his nurse. During the 1870s he served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Judson College until his death in 1886.


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Memories by Fannie A. Beers

Physical Description

Very fragile, careful handling required.
Guide to Buckner Confederate Hospital Medical Logs
December 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266