Lieutenant Edward Borck, A.M., M.D., U.S.V.
Edward Borck, First Lieutenant and Assistant Surgeon, U.S.V.- The
sketch of the above named will show what is termed a self-made man. Edward
Borck was born in the free city of Hamburg, Germany, April 18, 1834. His
father was a German surgeon, his mother a highly-educated Danish lady, and
from her he received his early education and training. At the age of nine
years he was sent to a private school and progressed rapidly. At the age
of thirteen years he passed a successful competitive examination for a
scholarship into the High School; about two years later he gained in
addition, by examination, a free seat in the Anatomical School, the study
he was very fond of. When the war broke out between Schleswig-Holstein and
Denmark he obtained by special permission leave to enter the German army
as a volunteer medical cadet, 1848. Already trained to some minor surgical
manipulations by his father, here was offered to him a field for further
improvement, of which he took due advantage.
As soon as he had graduated he went before the Army Board, passed, and entered the army, and was at once assigned to duty as acting assistant surgeon U.S.A., at the West Building Military Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, in charge of George Rex, surgeon U. S. Volunteers. September 25, 1863, he was commissioned assistant surgeon Tenth Maryland Infantry Volunteers, and did field duty at Maryland Heights, Harper's Ferry, Martinsburg, Frederick City, and at the skirmish at Charlestown, Virginia. February 3, 1864, he was commissioned first assistant surgeon Third Maryland Cavalry Volunteers, and ordered by General Lockwood to accompany recruits to New Orleans via New York. He sailed with the steamer " McClellan," latter part of February, and arrived in New Orleans early in March, to join his regiment. He reported for duty at head-quarters, and was ordered to Algiers. Most of the time he was on detached duty, holding positions from an assistant to brigade surgeon. He served in General Banks's Red River expedition, and had charge of a hospital at Alexandria, Louisiana, April 3-28. At Shreveport he had charge of an ambulance train. At Manganzia, La., from May to June 28, he had charge of a brigade of cavalry. He was stationed at Donaldsonsville and Carrollton July 4-24. From August until December 10, 1864, he was post-surgeon at Fort Gaines, Dulphine Island, Alabama; also at Fort Mason under Major-General Gordon Granger. He resigned on account of sickness and was honorably discharged.
Dr. Borck is the author of many valuable medical works, too numerous to mention in this sketch, but some of which are " Hypodermic Injections," " Fracture of the Femur," " Paralysis in Children," " On Permanent Wound-Dressing," " Ovarian Tumors," etc.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.
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