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Brevet Brigadier General Richard Satterlee

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Carte view of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Satterlee. His military career would begin in 1822 serving as an assistant surgeon. He would take part in the Black Hawk and Seminole wars. Serving in the Mexican-American war, Satterlee would serve under Winfield Scott and take part in the battles of Molino del Ray and Chapultepec. Following his service in the war, he returned to Fort Adams in 1848. In 1853 he survived the sinking of the steamboat San Francisco off the coast from New York as it was carrying an artillery regiment to the West Coast. He would serve throughout most of the Civil War as head of the Union Army’s Medical Purveyor’s Office in New York City. While there, he oversaw the introduction of the Satterlee bone saw, used for amputations, which had a “pistol grip.”. This saw is still in use today. Brevetted to Brigadier General, he was a candidate for the command of the Medical Corps following the dismissal of Clement Finley. The command would however be given to William Hammond and Satterlee would retire in 1869. This has a period ink inscription on the reverse reading “Gen. Satterlie Aug 9. 1865“. Back marked by Anthony. 

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