“The Napoleon of Surgeons”

Read Brockway BontecouThose of you who read the recent story by Dave Bakke in the Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register about the quest for a grave marker for Lewis Martin of the Twenty-ninth U.S. Colored Infantry, and saw the startling photograph of Martin that shows the results of two amputations, may be interested to know that the image was commissioned by Dr. Read B. Bontecou (pictured here). I profiled Bontecou in the January 2009 issue of Civil War NewsHis story is now available on my blog.