Dr John Somers Buist

Dr John Somers Buist

Birth
Death 29 Sep 1910 (aged 70)
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Lot 1387 Old.
Memorial ID 25540441 · View Source
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Father: George Buist (1805-1877)
Mother: Mary Edward Jones (1806-1876)
11/12/1850 - Lived with parents and sibs, The Parishes of St. Philips and St. Michaels, District of Charleston, SC (indexed in the 1850 U.S. Census as John S. Buist)
03/00/1859 - Graduated third honor, Charleston College, Charleston, SC
1859-1861 - Attended, Medical College of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
1861 - M.D. degree, first honors, Medical College of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (from: Charleston, SC; preceptor: Dr. W. H. Huger; thesis: "De Ralatione Cors Interque Pulmanosis" [Of the relations between the heart and lungs])
04/29/1861 - As Asst. Surgeon, reported for duty at Ft. Moultrie, SC
06/04/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Ft. Moultrie, SC
06/05/1861 - Appointed Asst. Surgeon by South Carolina Governor Pickens and was assigned to the Post of Charleston Arsenal, Charleston, SC
07/19/1861 - Appointed Asst. Surgeon, Provisional Army of the Confederate States
07/19/1861 - Ordered to report to Gen. R. H. Anderson
08/00/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Hampton Legion [SC], Army of the Potomac, Bacon Race Church, VA
08/17/1861 - "Asst. Surg. J. S. Buist, Med. Dept. will proceed to this city [Richmond, Virginia] and report to the Acting Surgeon General" [S. O. 126/6]
08/26/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Richmond, VA
08/27/1861 - As Asst. Surgeon, assigned by Surgeon General to Gen. Beauregard
09/26/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Hampton Legion
09/26/1861 - In a letter written to Medical Director Thomas H. Williams, "Dear Sir, I am desirous of procuring a furlough for one month for the restoration of my health and would be greatly pleased that you give me the necessary order. Enclosed you will find the certificates of Surgeon John Thompson] Darby & Assistant Surgeon [Benjamin Walter]Taylor. Should it be necessary for me to procure the sanction of Gen. Beauregard I would be obliged to you to inform me so that I can proceed to obtain it. Very Respl, J. P. Buist,Hampton Legion"
11/01/1861 - On a receipt prepared while camped on the Potomac River, Virginia, "Received of A. N. Talley, Medical Director for the State of South Carolina in the month of July, 1861, one Set Fracture Apparatus, J. S. Buist, Asst. Surg., P.A.C.S., Atta'd Hampton Legion, Army Potomac"
11/00/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Hampton Legion [SC], Army of the Potomac, Camp Lee, VA
12/31/1861 - Asst. Surgeon, Hampton Legion, Occoquan, VA
01/00/1862 - Asst. Surgeon, Hampton Legion, Camp Wigfall, on the Occoquan River, Virginia
09/00/1862 - Asst. Surgeon, Battle of Antietam, VA
12/01/1862 - As Asst. Surgeon, Artillery Battalion, Hampton Legion, received one wall tent and fly ("worn") from Maj. C. D. Hill, Quartermaster, Richmond, VA
02/28/1863 - Asst. Surgeon, Battalion Artillery, Hampton Legion, Gen. J. B. Hood's Division
04/04/1863 - Confirmed as Asst. Surgeon from SC by the Confederate States Senate
07/01/1863 - Transferred (1) two horse ambulance, (1) two horse wagon, (6) mules, and associated harnesses to the Howard Finley, Quartermasters Department
10/02/1863 - Asst. Surgeon, Maj. Mathis W. Henry's Battalion. Longstreet's Division, Army of Northern Virginia
02/02/1864 - Appointed Surgeon, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, to rank from 10/31/1863
02/02/1864 - Confirmed as Surgeon from SC by the Confederate States Senate
02/29/1864 - Surgeon, Haskell's Battalion, Camp Taylor, VA
03/31/1864 - Surgeon, Camp Taylor, Lindsay's Station, VA
04/07/1864 - Medical Officer, J. C. Haskell's Battalion Confederate Artillery, Lindsay Turnout, Virginia Central Railroad
06/30/1864 - As Surgeon, 1st Artillery Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Petersburg, Virginia, received a coffin "To bury a soldier who died at the Hospital of the 1st Army Corps Arty"
08/16/1864 - Medical Officer, Haskell's Battalion Confederate Artillery, Lindsay Turnout, Virginia Central Railroad
09/13/1864 - Surgeon, Haskell's Battalion Confederate Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia
11/30/1864 - As Surgeon, stationed near Richmond, VA
12/31/1864 - As Surgeon, stationed near Richmond, VA
03/01/1865 - Surgeon, Haskell's Battalion, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
04/09/1865 - As Surgeon, Haskell's Battalion, paroled by the U.S. Army, Appomattox, VA
1865 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, SC, specializing in surgery
02/21/1867 - Married, Margaret Sinclair Johnston (1848-1939)
08/29/1870 - Practiced medicine, Ward 4, Charleston, SC (lived with wife, Margaret, and two children - indexed in the 1870 U.S. Census as "John T. Buist")
1871 - Re-organized the Charleston, SC, hospitals
1870-1873 - Asst. Professor of Materia Medica, Medical College of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
1874 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, SC
06/30/1874 - Obtained a U.S. passport "to travel abroad"
- Served as Physician to the South Carolina State Orphan Asylum
07/09/1876 - Mother, Mary, died in Charleston, SC
1877 - Physician to the U.S. Marine Hospital, Charleston, SC
1877 - Physician-in-chief, Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC
1877 - Physician-in-chief, City of Charleston, SC
07/29/1877 - Father, George, died in Charleston, SC
06/05/1880 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC (lived with wife, Margaret, two daughters and three sons - indexed in the 1880 U.S. Census as J. Somers Buist)
1881 - Practiced medicine: 205 Meeting, Charleston, SC (residence: 162 Meeting, Charleston, SC)
1884-1886 - President, Medical College of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
1886 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, SC
05/31/1893 - Applied for a U.S. passport "to go abroad temporarily" [Description - age: 53, stature: 5 ft., 6 in.; forehead: prominent; eyes: hazel; nose: straight; mouth: medium; chin: prominent; hair: iron gray; complexion: brunette; face: fair]
06/19/1893 - Listed on an Incoming Passenger List from the United Kingdom
1893,1896 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, SC
06/09/1900 - Practiced medicine, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC (living with wife, Margaret, three daughters, and one son-in-law - indexed in the 1900 U.S. Census as John S. Buist, M.D.)
04/15/1910 - Retired and living at 247 Meeting St., Charleston, Charleston Co., SC (lived with wife, Margaret, one son, two daughters, on grandson, and a nurse - indexed in the 1910 U.S. Census as John S. Buist)
- Member, Medical Society of South Carolina
- President, Medical Society of South Carolina
- Member, South Carolina Medical Association
- Published many papers in medical journals
- Mason
09/29/1910 - Died, Charleston, SC (buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC)

John Schneider, the creator of this memorial, provided input to this biography.

This biographical sketch is from:
Hambrecht, F.T. & Koste, J.L., Biographical
register of physicians who served the
Confederacy in a medical capacity.
06/23/2017. Unpublished database.

The following was added by John Schneider:

Buist was a Civil war veteran who was a member of the German Artillery of the Hampton Legion. He was the surgeon of the unit and tended to Lieutenant Rudolph Siegling at the second Battle of Manassas. While attending to Siegling's wounds an exploding shell covered both of them with dirt. Siegling was thought to have been mortally wounded from his a previous shell and was initially reported dead. He received a stomach wound and it was felt he would not survive the night, but did and participated in the battle the following day even though he was in serious condition.

From "Men of the Time" By J. C. Garlington.

Graduated from Charleston College, and the Medical College of South Carolina. Attended lectures at the University of Berlin, Paris, and London. Surgeon in Confederate States Army, and Army of Northern Virginia; also in Roper Hospital, and in United States Marine Hospital. President of Medical Society of South Carolina. Member of Board of Health of City of Charleston. Professor of Principles and Science of Surgery in Medical College of South Carolina. Commissioner of Charleston Orphan House. Director in Consolidate Company of Charleston, and one of the promoters in opening up the Isle of Palms. Honorary member of the Supreme Council of the Medical College of South Carolina. Married Miss Margaret Sinclair Johnston, February 1867. Is a Thirty-third Degree Mason.



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  • Originally Created by: Saratoga
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 25540441
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Somers Buist (26 Nov 1839–29 Sep 1910), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25540441, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by bioengineer (contributor 47026824) .