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lectured upon clinical surgery in addition to his didactic lectures upon anatomy in the medical college. He was the first to perform successfully the operation of vesico-vaginal fistula, after the method of Dr. Nathan Bozeman, which had then but recently been introduced to the profession. He soon became engaged in a large surgical practice, which was only interrupted by the outbreak of the civil war. Leaving New Orleans before its capture by the Fed- eral forces in 1862, he joined the Confederate Army of Tennessee; and was made Medical-Inspector on the staff of Major- General Brax- ton Bragg. He was present on the field at the battles of Murfrees- boro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, in the second of which it became his melancholy duty to amputate the thigh of the gallant Major General Hood. He accompanied General Bragg, after the retirement of that distinguished officer from the Army of Tennessee to Richmond, where he continued his duties as Medical- Inspector during the summer of 1864, and by request of the Surgeon in charge, Dr. Hancock, and the attending Surgeons, Drs. Cabell, Hoyt, Thorn and Wellford, he performed a large part of the capital operations at the immense hospital after the battle of Rapidan, Spotsylvania Courthouse and Cold Harbor. He subse- quently accompanied General Bragg to North Carolina as Medical- Director of that department, and was present on the field at the battle of Averysboro, and also that of Bentonville, where a mere handful of Confederates under General J. E. Johnston made their last unsuccessful fight for independence. Still adhering to the fortunes of his friend and chief, General Bragg, he joined the retreating column of government officials, with President Davis at its head, and continued with them until the formal dissolution of the Confederate Cabinet, at Washington, Ga., and the dispersion of its members. He returned to New Orleans in the succeeding fall and resumed his position in the University of Louisiana, and was immediately chosen dean of the medical faculty. In 1873, upon the resignation of Professor Warren Stone from the chair of surgery, he became his successor. In 1877 he was elected Presi- dent of the American Medical Association at its annual meeting in Chicago, and presided at the subsequent meeting in Buffalo, N. Y.
RICHARDSON, RICHARD C., Assistant Surgeon. Nov. 4, '63, ordered to report to E. A. F., Medical- Director. Dec. i, '63, ordered to report to General Hardee. Dec. 30, '63, relieved from present duty, and ordered to report to E. K. Smith.