William Slaughter Adams

Birth: ?
Death: 1900
Occupation: doctor

Associated Counties

  • Baltimore City
  • Kent
  • Talbot

Additional Information

  • Dates: 1859
    Notes: M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine.
    Source: Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, Historical Sketch of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (1807-1890), with an Introductory Chapter, Notices of the Schools of Law, Arts and Sciences, and Theology, and the Department of Dentistry, and a General Catalog of Medical Alumni Baltimore: Press of Isaac Friedenwald: 161
  • Dates: 1900 [1962]
    Civil War Surgeon Describes Treatment of Casualties



    This word, finely written in ink, appears on page after page of a casebook kept by a Maryland battlefield surgeon in the Civil War.

    Of the 46 Union soldiers whose cases are reported in the worn, partly mutilated book, only 11 recovered from their wounds and surgery.

    The University of Maryland health sciences library in Baltimore recently discovered the book by accident. It went on display yesterday as part of the library’s series on Civil War medicine.

    Dr. William Slaughter Adams, a stern, bearded 1859 graduate of the university’s School of Medicine, filled the leather-bound book with meticulously written detailed accounts of the treatment given the wounded.

    After his death in Queenstown, Md., in 1900, the book fell into the hands of his daughter and then his grandchildren. Once it was lent to a nurse and returned later with 13 of its 95 pages cut from the binding.

    A few weeks ago, one of Dr. Adam’s grandsons, Calvan V. Waters, a cabinet maker, arrived at the university library on Greene street to install window valances.

    In a conversation with Mrs. Ida Marian Robinson, the librarian, Mr. Walters mentioned the book in a drawer at home. The exhibit was promptly arranged for three weeks in April.

    According to the casebook, a R. Davidson, of Company C, 4th Texas, fell at Antietam, wounded by a ball in the left thigh.

    After an operation, the boy improved and his “wound assumed a better appearance.”

    Then a month later, Dr. Adams made this entry: “Patient quietly died.”

    Sun, Arpil 3, 1962
    Source: Dielman – Hayward File. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD. Drawer 105.

  • Dates: n. d.
    Notes: Tombstone
    Source: Gravestone found on personal visit. Spring Hill Cemetery, Easton, Talbot County, MD