Original Civil War Roll-Up Field Surgeon’s Kit Id’d to Ass’t. Surgeon of the 86th Connecticut Infantry

This field surgeon’s kit is definitively of Civil War vintage. The body of the kit is constructed of a fine grade of red, Moroccan leather and soft calfskin. The interior side of the kit is composed of several instrument pockets, most of which are filled with period surgical instruments, including the device to make the starting point for a trephine into a patient’s skull.



This field surgeon’s kit is definitively of Civil War vintage. The body of the kit is constructed of a fine grade of red, Moroccan leather and soft calfskin. The interior side of the kit is composed of several instrument pockets, most of which are filled with period surgical instruments, including the device to make the starting point for a trephine into a patient’s skull. The kit is in overall good condition, although the leather where the closing latch is attached is torn, but can be carefully repaired. When we obtained this kit, wrapped inside was an old, handwritten note that says: “Doctor’s Instruments to be lashed to the saddle – Mr. Stokes.” In addition, the kit was accompanied by form submitted to a local antiques appraisal event, dated October 13, 2008; the form, to be submitted to an appraiser, states that the kit “Belonged to Will Stokes Grandfather – a doctor in the Civil War – given to Ray by Will Stokes – Ray’s Great Uncle.” Our research indicates that the war time surgeon who owned this kit was John Stokes of the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry. Stokes enlisted as an Assistant Surgeon in August of 1862, serving during his regiment’s participation in the Battles of Cedar Mountain and Antietam. The kit measures as follows (when opened): Length – 13” ; Width – 11” . 


James Stokes

Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 8/6/1862 as a Asst Surgeon.  On 8/6/1862 he was commissioned into Field & Staff PA 111th Infantry  He Resigned on 1/15/1863 



James Stokes 

 in the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 


Name:  James Stokes 
Birth Year:  abt 1835 
Place of birth:  Pennsylvania 
Age on 1 July 1863:  28 
Race:  White 
Marital status:  Unmarried (Single) 
Residence:  Precinct 25 Ward, Pennsylvania 
Congressional District:  5th 





111th PA Infantry
( 3-years ) 

Organized: Camp Reed, Eire, PA on 1/24/62
Mustered Out: 7/19/65 at Washington, DC

Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 7
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 4
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 138
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 155
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses) 


From  To  Brigade  Division  Corps  Army  Comment 
Mar ’62  May ’62  Infantry      Middle Department   
Jun ’62  Jun ’62  1  Sigel’s    Department of the Shenandoah   
Jun ’62  Aug ’62  1  2  2  Army of Virginia   
Aug ’62  Sep ’62  2  2  2  Army of Virginia   
Sep ’62  Oct ’62  2  2  12  Army of Potomac   
Oct ’62  Jan ’63  3  2  12  Army of Potomac   
Jan ’63  Sep ’63  2  2  12  Army of Potomac   
Sep ’63  Apr ’64  2  2  12  Dept and Army of Ohio and Cumberland   
Apr ’64  Jul ’65  3  2  20  Dept and Army of Ohio and Cumberland  Mustered Out 



James Stokes, MD was one of seven children born to Charles M. Stokes and his wife Eliza Ann Knox. James was employed as a physician during his adult career.

James served his country during the US Civil War as an Assistant Surgeon in the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, being mustered in on August 6, 1862, and resigning on January 15, 1863.

James was united in marriage on May 5, 1868 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Wilhimenia Rover. James and Wilhelmina were blessed with the birth of two children during their 25 year marriage:

Mary Rover Stokes King
Sarah Rover Stokes

James passed away at the age of 63.

The Philadelphia Press; Monday, June 24, 1895, Page 13:

“STOKES – On June 23, 1895, at his residence, 1676 North Fifth-fourth Street, JAMES STOKES, M. D. Relatives and friends are invited to attend services and interment at St. Luke’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Germantown, Tuesday afternoon, at 4 P. M.” 



111th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment 


111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry 

Monument of the 111th Pennsylvania 

Active  December 1861 – July 19, 1865 
Country  United States 
Allegiance  Union 
Branch  Infantry 
Engagements  Battle of Cedar Mountain
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Chattanooga Campaign
Battle of Wauhatchie
Battle of Lookout Mountain
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Ringgold Gap
Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Dallas
Battle of New Hope Church
Battle of Allatoona
Battle of Gilgal Church
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Peachtree Creek
Siege of Atlanta
Sherman’s March to the Sea
Carolinas Campaign
Battle of Bentonville 

The 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was an infantryregiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. 



The 111th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Erie, Pennsylvania beginning in December 1861 and mustered in for a three-year enlistment under the command of Colonel Matthew Schlaudecker. 

The regiment was attached to Cooper’s 1st Brigade, Sigel’s Division, Department of the Shenandoah, to June 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps, Army of Virginia, to August 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps, Army of Virginia, to September 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps, to January 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XX Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to July 1865. 

The 111th Pennsylvania Infantry mustered out July 19, 1865.[1] 

Detailed service 

The 111th was recruited in the counties of Erie, Warren and Crawford and its organization was completed at Erie on Jan. 24, 1862, when it was mustered in for three years’ service. It moved to Harrisburg and thence to Baltimore where it remained until May, when it was sent to Harper’s Ferry to join Gen. Banks. It remained in that vicinity until July, and then proceeded to Cedar Mountain, where it fought as part of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps. At Antietam it lost over one-third of the number engaged but was highly praised for its daring by Gen. Greene, who commanded the division, and it was presented with a stand of colors by Col. Stainrook commanding the brigade. Two months were spent in camp on Loudoun Heights, near Harper’s Ferry, and with the 12th Corps, to which it had been transferred, the 111th arrived at Fredericksburg too late for the battle. Winter quarters were established at Fairfax Station, the regiment leaving camp for the “Mud March” in Jan., 1863, after which it was sent to Acquia Creek and assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps. On March 3, it was selected by Gen. Hooker as one of ten regiments to receive special commendation, practically shown by increase of absences and furloughs allowed. It joined in the Chancellorsville Campaign, but returned to Acquia Creek Landing until June 13, when it was ordered to Leesburg. It was active at Gettysburg, where it was more fortunate than many of the Pennsylvania regiments. It remained with the army until Sept. 15, when it was ordered west with the 12th Corps and reached Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Oct. 6. It took part in the Battle of Wauhatchie; went into camp on Raccoon Mountain; and fought in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge in November. In December, practically the whole regiment reenlisted and in the spring of 1864, returned to Bridgeport, Ala., strengthened by the addition of new recruits. It was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Corps, and took part in the Atlanta Campaign, being engaged at Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Peachtree Creek and Atlanta. On Sept. 2, with five other regiments it was sent forward to reconnoiter and entered the city. It camped in Atlanta until about the middle of November, when it rejoined the division at Milledgeville. In March, 1865, the 109th Pa. was consolidated with it and it moved on to Washington, where it participated in the grand review and on July 19, 1865, was mustered out of the service of the Union it had served so well. The total strength of the regiment is recorded as 1,847, but 100 drafted men deserted on the journey to Tennessee; 310 recruits belonged to the 109th Pa.; 42 members failed to report, making the actual strength 1,395.[2] 


The regiment lost a total of 304 men during service; 7 officers and 138 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 4 officers and 155 enlisted men died of disease.[1]