CS Η Darby, John Thomson - Surgeon

Dr. John Thomson Darby
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Born: December 16, 1836

Birthplace: South Carolina

Father: Dr. Artemus Thomson “Artie” Darby 1806 – 1876
(Buried: Pond Bluff Plantation Cemetery, Fort Motte, South Carolina)​

Mother: Margaret Cantey Thomson 1818 – 1891
(Buried: Pond Bluff Plantation Cemetery, Fort Motte, South Carolina)​

Wife: Mary Cantey Preston 1840 – 1891
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​

Children:

Caroline Hampton Darby Frost 1866 – 1925​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
John Preston Darby 1869 – 1931​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​

Education:

1856 – 1857: Attended Medical College of South Carolina​
1858: Graduated, University of Pennsylvania Medical School​

Occupation before War:

Hospital Intern at St. Joseph Hospital and Philadelphia Hospital​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Surgeon for Hampton's South Carolina Legion​
1862: Senior Surgeon on the Occuquan River in Virginia​
1862: Acting Chief Surgeon for Major General Gustavus W. Smith​
1862 – 1863: Chief Surgeon for Major General Hood's Division​
1863: Confirmed as Surgeon by the Confederate States Senate​
1864 – 1865: Surgeon with the Army of Tennessee​
1865: Paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1st​

Occupation after War:
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1866: Volunteer Surgeon for Austro – Prussian War for Prussian Army​
1868: Chairman of Department of Anatomy & Surgeon, U.S.C​
Medical Doctor in Columbia, South Carolina​
Surgical Anatomy Professor, University of New York​
Chairman of Department of Surgery, University of New York​

Died: June 9, 1879

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York

Age at time of Death: 42 years old

Burial Place: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina
 
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Is this the guy Mary Chestnut ( Buck Preston actually) called "P. V."? Short for Perseverentia omnia vinicit. And speaking of nicknames, why did Hood refer to Darby as "the Straggler"?
 
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He was the doctor who took charge of Gen. Hood's recovery after his leg amputation at Chickamauga. His daily journal was discovered and is in "The Lost Papers..." book by Sam Hood,published in 2014.
 
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One can glean some interesting tid bits about this fellow South Carolinian from Mary Chestnuts Book. There is a vague mention of Darby's almost being lynched up north. What exactly did he do? Or was that the general attitude toward Southeners at the time?
 

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Is this the guy Mary Chestnut ( Buck Preston actually) called "P. V."? Short for Perseverentia omnia vinicit. And speaking of nicknames, why did Hood refer to Darby as "the Straggler"?
When Hood left Richmond to join Bragg, Darby stayed behind a day to romance Mary Cantey Preston. He arrived at Chickamaugua too late to amputate Hood's leg, earning him the nickname. He had a third nickname: "The D".
 
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