I attended the Groton event last weekend, and while it was fun, the
weather did not cooperate at all. Light rain Friday night, mist and
showers all day Saturday, and a good soaking rain Saturday Night.
However the sun came out about noon and we were able to take down dry tents!
I was the only doctor on the American side, and there was a Surgeon on
the British side. We had a chance to talk, and he asked a question that
I couldn't answer. I've added him to the list, and here is his message
to me (edited a bit)
It would be most helpful to me if you could tell me what would be the
most common medicines that a Regimental Surgeon (remembering I am NOT a
Doctor) might have in the field. I am looking to fill a half dozen or
so glass bottles with colored water and am looking for information
regarding what color to make specific substances, for example, I know
that castor oil is fairly clear & somewhat viscous (in this case I
probably will use corn syrup) and I think that arsenic was a light
reddish-orange. Also would like to have a similar number of small tins
& boxes of dried herbs such as comfry etc. Also very helpful would be a
brief description of what each was used to treat and perhaps the effects
these substances had on the patient. I would also appreciate your of
what additional tools you would recommend adding along with sources
other than G.G.Godwin (or as some say G.G.Godawful) I await your most
gracious offer of assistance.
Your Most Humble Servant,
Lt.Col. John Currier
Pawtuxet Rangers, R.I.M.
aka Major Currier, Surgeon, Newport Loyal Associators