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San Diego Author Profiles Forgotten Civil War Hero

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Scott McGaugh, Author of Surgeon in Blue

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Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care

In his work promoting the USS Midway, museum spokesman Scott McGaugh can tell you just about anything you'd like to know about that famous aircraft carrier.

But it seems McGaugh's penchant for history does not stop at the 20th Century.

He's written a book about one of the American Civil War's unsung heroes, a man credited with inventing modern battlefield medical treatment.

Jonathan Letterman's greatest triumph came at one of the darkest moments in American history — the Battle of Gettysburg. That battle's 150th anniversary is being remembered this week.

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