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Corey, V. B.
Account book for the medical practice of Dr. V. B. Corey, West Point, Illinois, 1860-70
West Point, Summer Hill, & Nebo, Illinois, 1860. Small folio, approx. 230 pages; original half sheep over marbled boards; some rubbing; the handwriting neat and legible but occasionally faint. A biographical typescript has been laid into the account book from which much of the following information comes, and most is borne out by sketchy on-line sources. V. B. Corey was born in Pen Yan, Yates County, New York in 1828. He left home at age 14, and learned the shoemaker's trade which he followed until the age of 20 after which he began studying medicine in the office of Dr. Andrew F. Oliver in Pen Yan. In 1854 he came to Quincy, Illinois and practiced with Dr. John Parsons. Being a strong Republican and a Union supporter, he enlisted in August 1862 in Company C, 118th Illinois Volunteer Infantry to serve for three years. He was appointed Hospital Steward of the Regiment, and at the Battle of Champion Hills in Mississippi he was detailed to act as Assistant Surgeon, which position he continued to hold until the Regiment was mustered out in 1865. He also saw action at Chicksaw Bluff, Mississippi, Arkansas Post, and Vicksburg. Dr. Corey kept a diary during his stint as hospital steward during the Civil War, and for it achieved brief fame when the diary was published after the war, and that "thousands of readers" had contacted him for information about family members who had not returned. (We are told in the typescript that the publication was "the American magazine" but I cannot corroborate that.) After the war Corey returned to Quincy, and thence to West Point, Illinois, and lat … [Click Below for Full Description]
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