United States Navy amputation kit

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United States Navy amputation kit


United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care
Surgical instruments and apparatus


These instruments were used by Union Navy Assistant Surgeon and 1861 Harvard Medical School graduate Charles Thatcher Hubbard aboard the USS Unadilla during the American Civil War. The Unadilla was one of the Union's 2390 day gunboats and was involved in several blockades and engagements off the Southeast coast of the United States. The ship and its surgeon participated in the capture of Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina and the blockade of Charlestown. The various manufactures in the surgical kit suggest an active surgery with constant replacing of instruments due to use, breakage, and loss.


Leach & Greene surgical belonging to Charles Thatcher Hubbard (HMS) navy surgeon. Set in mahogany wood box with brass fittings on corners and purple velvet lining. Box has one compartment inside top and two in bottom. Contains 18 instruments including saw, knives, scalpels, forceps. Also includes original brass key on a piece of string.


Leach & Greene (case)
Morrison, Paul (photographer)

Date Created

1860, circa


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Warren Anatomical Museum




Mahogany, brass, nickel plated brass(?), velvet


physical object




Set belonged to Charles Thatcher Hubbard. Donated by Charles Hubbard III, second cousin once removed, in May of 2006.

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Physical Dimensions

8.5 H x 39 W x 15.25 D cm




Leach & Greene (case) and Morrison, Paul (photographer), “United States Navy amputation kit,” OnView, accessed February 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6129.

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