The Indomitable Dr. Augusta

There’s an interesting article in the latest issue of Army History (from the US Army’s Center of Military History) with a Toronto connection. “The Indomitable Dr. Augusta” is about Alexander T. Augusta, the first African-American medical officer commissioned in the US Army, during the American Civil War. Barred from American medical schools, Augusta studied medicine at Trinity College in Toronto (now part of the University of Toronto) and worked in Toronto hospitals seven years before returning to the US to become a surgeon for the US Colored Troops (the subject of a good book also published by the Center).

You can read about Augusta and the racism he faced as an African-American officer here.


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