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Joseph Chase Rutherford Correspondence

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An 1849 graduate of Woodstock Medical College, Joseph Chase Rutherford practiced medicine in Blackstone, Massachussetts and Orleans County, Vermont. He was an examining surgeon of recruits early in the war, and he also invented a method of invisible writing that was used by the federal government during the war. Rutherford was commissioned from Newport on August 8th, 1862 and made an assistant surgeon of the 10th Vermont. He was promoted to surgeon of the 17th Vermont on March 6th, 1865. While operating on a soldier after the battle of Orange Grove, he developed an infection in his thumb that partially disabled him for the rest of his life. He returned home to his practice in Newport after the war.

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Time Period Covered: August 27, 1862 - December 25, 1863 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Dr. Joseph Rutherford Papers

Published:  May 12, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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