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Plea for medical school, New Orleans, 1862

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Dr. Thomas Hunt, dean of the Medical Department of the University of Louisiana at New Orleans, wrote to Col. George F. Shepley, commander of the forces of the United States at New Orleans, to plead that the troops leave his medical school alone.

Hunt had previously written a report to the U.S. forces about the school, as required when Union forces gained control of New Orleans.

He told Shepley, a native of Portland, that Col. Thomas had taken possession of the Medical Department despite the assurance Hunt had received from Major Gen. Butler that such an action would not occur. The forces broke a passage through a wall.

Hunt wrote that the study of anatomy, including dissecting bodies, requires privacy and seclusion.


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