General Gorgas' military field jacket, United States, 1880-1918

Made:
1880-1918 in United States
maker:
Unknown
General Gorgas' field jacket, khaki, 1880-1918, America.
      Full view, Jacket on dummy.
      Graduated grey background.

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General Gorgas' field jacket, khaki, 1880-1918, America. Full view, Jacket on dummy. Graduated grey background.
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General Gorgas' field jacket, khaki, United States, 1880-1918.

General William Crawford Gorgas (1854-1920) virtually eliminated yellow fever among workers building the Panama Canal. Gorgas was an American army physician and surgeon and this is his khaki field jacket. Gorgas had himself recovered from yellow fever, therefore becoming immune to the disease. He then went to Panama and improved sanitary conditions. He later became Surgeon General of the United States Army and occupied this position until after the First World War.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A635947 Pt1
Materials:
metal insignia, plastic buttons and textile (khaki)
type:
jacket
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume