Samuel Hollingsworth Stout Biographical File

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Samuel Hollingsworth Stout Biographical File
Date [inclusive]
1960 - 1984
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File contains articles about Dr. Stout and the Confederate medical service during the American Civil War (1861-1865)

Preferred Citation

Stout, Samuel Hollingsworth (1822-1903). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Samuel Hollingsworth Stout was born in Nashville on March 3, 1822. Son of a carriage factory owner and politician, Stout was educated at the University of Nashville graduating with an A.B. degree in 1839. He attended medical lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia beginning in 1842. Returning to Tennessee following his first term, he was a principal and teacher at the Elkton Classical and Mathematical Seminary in Giles County, Tennessee. In 1847, after staying there three years, he resumed his studies at University of Pennsylvania, receiving his M.D. degree in 1848. After practicing medicine with his brother, J.W. Stout in Nashville for a year he moved back to Giles County where he established a successful practice and developed a prosperous farm. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Stout enlisted and was granted a commission as major of cavalry on May 17, 1861. He served as regimental surgeon of Colonel John C. Browns Third Tennessee Regiment, and later was placed in charge of the Gordon General Hospital in Nashville in November of 1861. He remained there until the city was captured by Federal troops in February 1862. He was ordered to report to Chattanooga where he commanded the Academy Hospital and the Newsom Hospital. After a chance inspection of his hospitals by General Braxton Bragg, Commander of the Army of Tennessee, Stout was promoted to various positions of responsibility, eventually being appointed medical director of hospitals for the Army of Tennessee in 1863. He held this position until the end of the war. Following the war, Stout returned to Giles County. In the fall of 1865, because of the deplorable conditions of his home and farm, and little prospect for a private medical practice, he decided to accept a position in the Atlanta Medical College. Staying in that position for only a year, he embarked on a private practice in Atlanta. He moved to Cisco, Texas in 1882, where entered into private practice and was involved in the organization of public education. He died on September 18, 1903.

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  • Tennessee History

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