“McGaugh provides telling details within a concise narrative to give Letterman's personal story the context necessary for appreciating his influence . . . By following Letterman from one bloody battle to another, McGaugh's well-researched book adds a sobering tone to the 150th anniversary of a conflict that advanced medical care at a terrible cost.
” (Associated Press)
“In addition to being an incisive portrait of the great doctor and leader, McGaugh’s history is a testament to the brave men to whom Letterman dedicated his life.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A nicely crafted biography that also offers Civil War buffs an unusual ambulance-wagon view of the great conflict.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“As medical director of the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War, Jonathan Letterman made important innovations in the battlefield evacuation and treatment of wounded men that changed the history of military medicine. With sensitivity and insight, Scott McGaugh presents the story of this fascinating figure and his legacy, which has saved uncounted thousands of lives of soldiers wounded in many wars.
” (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom)
“Surgeon in Blue is a meticulously researched, totally fascinating narrative of Dr. Jonathan Letterman’s pioneering of modern battlefield medicine in the midst of the nightmare carnage of the Civil War. Scott McGaugh’s extraordinary work of military history documents a life-saving legacy that still echoes through Iraq and Afghanistan.
” (Richard Setlowe, author of The Experiment and The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell)
“There was not a day during WWII that I did not thank God for Jonathan Letterman. He was truly a surgeon for the soldiers.” (Major General Paul R. Hawley, Chief Surgeon, European Theater of Operations)