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Surgeon-in-chief David W. Maull, carte-de-visite by Garrett’s, Wilmington, Delaware, 1860s

Photograph, carte-de-visite by Garrett's. Portrait of a bearded man in military uniform, surgeon D.W. Maull, vignetted. PG*3955C.


When David W. Maull enlisted at the start of the war, he was a first lieutenant of Company G in the 1st Delaware Volunteers. Maull later became surgeon-in-chief of the 2nd Div. 2nd Corps. Throughout the course of the war, Maull was a prominent doctor, winning the respect of his fellow men as he treated the soldiers’ various ailments.


Capt. William P. Seville describes David Maull: “His conscientious devotion to his duties, his prompt willingness to sacrifice his own personal ease and comfort to relieve suffering, the earnestness with which he studied every case which came under his care, his extended knowledge of prophylactics and therapeutics, his gentle manner and sympathizing voice together with his genial social qualities, all combined to make him what our men with much pride, pronounced a very model of an army surgeon.”


Most noted was David Maull’s dedication to a dying Gen. Thomas A. Smyth (3955W) as he made every attempt to ease the man’s suffering in his final hours. As the war drew to a close, Maull resigned on April 20, 1865. Not one for a big commotion, he quietly settled back into his life in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Taken on March 21, 2012