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Hunter Holmes McGuire Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Scope and Content: The collection contains addresses and articles that were made by or about Hunter H. McGuire of Winchester and Richmond, VA, USA.
(1 box) Last updated 02/17.

Biographical/Historical: Hunter Holmes McGuire was born Oct. 11, 1835, in Winchester, VA, the son of Dr. Hugh H. McGuire and Ann Eliza Moss McGuire. He was the oldest of eight children. McGuire attended Winchester Academy, Winchester Medical College, and Jefferson Medical College, completing his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia. He taught at Winchester Medical Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, and Tulane University. He returned home to fight with the Second Virginia Regiment at the outbreak of the Civil War. In May 1861, McGuire was detached to Stonewall Jackson as Medical Director of the Army of the Shenandoah where he became Jackson’s constant companion. McGuire introduced many reforms in economy and humanity to the medical service of the Confederate Army. During the Civil War, McGuire convinced Jackson to allow Union doctors who were prisoners to be paroled to attend casualties. This idea was later practiced by both North and South and was later adopted by the American Red Cross in 1864. After the war, McGuire moved to Richmond where he became chair of surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. Garland R. Quarles stated “from that time until his death, McGuire was the foremost leader of medical progress in Virginia and in the nation. On Dec. 19, 1866, Dr. McGuire married Mary Stuart and had nine children. Hunter Holmes McGuire founded St. Luke’s Hospital and Training School for Nurses, helped found the Medical Society of Virginia, and in 1896 served as president of the American Medical Association. McGuire died on Sept. 19, 1900.

Bibliography: Quarles, Garland R. Some Worthy Lives. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1988.

Cite As: Hunter Holmes McGuire Collection, 956 WFCHS/THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1

Confederate Medical Policy—“The Winchester Accord,” by Donna Bailey for the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Magazine—provides a biographical sketch on Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire, his work during the Civil War, and the development of the Winchester Accord; 5 leaves, printed

"Jackson, Stonewall, an address by Hunter H. McGuire," December 15, 1899, 1 item, 17 pages, printed

“Memories of Stonewall” by David D. Ryan, Civil War, vol. 11, no. 2, Issue 44, 4 pages, printed

McGuire, Hunter H. - biographical sketch, "Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D., L.L.D.," by Stuart McGuire, article in Annals of Medical History, January 1938, printed (photocopy)

McGuire, Hunter H. - biographical sketch, "Stonewall Jackson's Surgeon," no author, 2 copies, typescript, 5 leaves

McGuire, Hunter Holmes - news clippings

McGuire monument (in Richmond) - "History of the Monument," 1 item, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)

McGuire monument, presentation of statue – “Ceremonies and Addresses Attending the Presentation of a Statue of Hunter Holmes McGuire By the Hunter McGuire Memorial Association and Its Acceptance by the State, at Richmond, VA, Jan. 7, 1904,” published under the auspices of R.E. Lee Camp #1, Confederate Veterans, Richmond, VA, 1 item, printed, 30 pages