October 2022 Dispatch
work. His research is being used in the new exhibits for the new Cyclorama building of the Atlanta History Center and Brad has researched 2 new wayside exhibits for Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park.
Brad has written or co-written 23 books on the American Civil war. By the end of 2021, Brad and 2 of his friends will have 5 historical books finished for the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage center.
Brad gives tours of America’s battlefields to people from across the world. He has been on the Marietta Cemetery Memorial committee for 5 years and has worked on the Wreaths Across America program for Marietta National Cemetery for 26 years. Brad has been married for 47 years and has two boys and now 7 grandchildren.
Camp 91 collected $214 for the Georgia Division legal defense fund. The camp also collected names, addresses and cell phone numbers of 16+ well qualified potential members. It was a successful day. Thank you to all who manned the booth. Karen and Tom Holley are with Laurel and Hardy.
Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd
“Mary Todd (wife of Abraham Lincoln) was the fourth of seven children. She had three sisters; Elizabeth Todd Edwards (1813-1888), Frances ‘Fanny’ Todd Wallace (1815-1899), Ann Todd Smith (1824-1891) and three brothers; Levi O. Todd (1817-1865), Robert P. Todd (1820-1822), and George Rogers Clark Todd (1825-1900). George Todd was born on July 2, 1825 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States of America. Mary also had 10 half-siblings; 5 brothers and 5 sisters…
George Rogers Clark Todd was the last child from Robert and his first wife. He graduated in 1843 from Centre College, a liberal arts institution based in the town of Danville, Kentucky, founded in 1819. George then went to medical school. At the beginning of the 19th century, there were only five medical schools in America. The Medical Department of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, was the first in the West; however, it had few students or faculty until it was restructured in 1815. Throughout its nearly six decade existence (1799-1859), Transylvania’s Medical Department enrolled 4,358 students and graduated 1,881 physicians. The majority of trained physicians in the antebellum South and Southwest were graduates of Transylvania. He graduated from Transylvania Medical College in Lexington in 1848…
Like his half brother David, Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd (1825-1900) joined the Confederate troops immediately. His medical skills procured him a commission as a surgeon. He soon made the Richmond papers, when he was arrested for slandering the Confederate government. He assured the authorities that Lincoln was “one of the greatest scoundrels unhung” and was released.
On February 8, 1862, he enlisted at the age of 37 and was appointed a Surgeon. He then reported to the Surgeon General in Richmond. By February 10th he was ordered to Yorktown, VA, for duty with General J.B. Magruder, commander of the Army of the Peninsula. Rosters indicate that he was assigned to the 15th Virginia Infantry. 15th Virginia was organized in May 1861, with men from Richmond and Henrico and Hanover counties. The regiment was brigaded under McLaws, Semmes, and Corse, Army of Northern Virginia. In September 1862, he was reassigned to McLaws Division Hospital as Chief Surgeon…
...there would have been many wagons for the Medical supplies and wounded based at the Division Infirmary with Semmes’ Brigade. This request was just weeks before the Battle of Antietam. The loss in killed and wounded was, of the Fifty-third Georgia Volunteers, 30 per cent; Thirty-second Virginia, 45 per cent; Tenth Georgia, 57 per cent; Fifteenth Virginia, 58 per cent, detailed statements of which are herewith submitted according to brigade documents. The disparity in the loss of some of the companies of the same regiment is very marked. Three of the four regimental commanders were wounded. Surgeon Todd had much work to do on that day.
By January, 1863, Dr. Todd had been reassigned to the 10th Georgia as a Surgeon. He would have been familiar with officers of the 10th since the regiment was assigned to McLaws’ Brigade of Magruder’s Division on the Virginia Peninsula during the Siege of Yorktown. In July of 1863, McLaws’ Brigade was in the Battle of Gettysburg. McLaws’ Division took part in Longstreet’s attack on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, driving through the Peach Orchard and the Wheatfield to the base of Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge. The attack had come close to collapsing the Union flank, but at the cost of heavy casualties.
In September of 1863, he was relieved of duty as Chief Surgeon Semmes’ was to report to Surgeon N.S. Crowell, Medical Director Charleston SC for assignment. This was a result of his criticism of a superior officer in writing. He was charged with, “Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.”
He was relieved of duty from Semmes’ Brigade by Special Order # 209. His new primary assignment was the Medical Examining Board of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and secondary assignment was just listed as surgeon until the end of the war…
Dr. Todd served until the end of the war in the Charleston, SC area and then settled in Camden. He eventually moved to Barnwell, SC, which is close to Augusta, Georgia. He served his community well as a country doctor after the war.
Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd, CSA Surgeon, died at Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, on April 1, 1900 at the age of 74. Burial of Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd, CSA Surgeon, was in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina…
Your Obt. Servant, Surgeon Trevor Steinbach, 26th Georgia – Georgia Brigade”
Source: Timelines Magazine, March 2022, Mary Todd Lincoln’s Confederate Medical Brother.
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