Dr. Leonard Osborne, fleet surgeon in
the US Navy during the War of 1812, kept this journal from 1809 to 1815. In it, he describes
medical lectures he attended, some medical treatments, and his experiences during the war,
including the various locations his ship visited and his fellow seamen. He also included
some sketches, hand-drawn maps, and poems. The notification of Dr. Osborne's death from the
Secretary of the Navy, dated October 20, 1837, is pasted inside the journal's front
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