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07-03-2007, 07:47 PM
Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you some pictures of a new m1859 (2 wheel) Ambulance. It will be usually horsedrawn and going to a number of events this year.

I would like to thank a number of people for their assistance in one form or another:

Tom Mattimore, Chris Schmacher, Jay Johnson, Pat McAllister, Ivan Ingraham, Jeff Lawson, James Brennen, Andrew Fraize, Bill Reagan, Ron Myzie, Barry Dusel, Roger Nichols, Mike McComas, Marc Riddell, Steve Sullivan, Hank Trent, Tim Kindred, Bill Wickham, The Sheads, Elam Fisher, Chris Anders, Bobby Small, Rob and Sean Stevenson, the staff of the National Civil War Medical Museum, the National Archives, Library of Congress, John and Jodi Nolan, Ridgely Davis, Trey and Diana Manglesdorf, Jamie Sharp, my wife Diane, and for his strong encouragment to do it, Ken Mink - I wish he could have seen it. If I neglected to list someone please accept my apologies and beat me when you see me.

If you have any further interest in this particular aspect of ACW medicine, please visit our website for additional information.


Thanks to all,






Longbranch 1
07-04-2007, 05:56 AM

Great looking Coolidge!

Curious about the " tailgate" as opposed to "door " configuration. It sure makes more sense, but yours is the first I remember seeing with this option.

I have been contemplating expanding my impressions to include some quasi-military/civilian stuff.
Initially looking at a "Springboard " Lots of options there.

A couple of questions:
Are plans available for the Coolidge?
Supplier for the running Gear?
It looks to me that you could build three different bodies . The Coolidge, Runabout, and Farmers Cart that would all adapt to the Iron.

I know that I can get a roadworthy Amish 2 wheeler for less than $ 1000.00.
Just wondering how close the running gear would match?

Again , a great looking Ambulance,
Kevin Ellis

07-04-2007, 08:20 AM
That's pretty cool! I have a surgeon that follows our battery around. I wish he would get one of those. IT WOULD LOOK SO COOL!!!

07-04-2007, 10:34 AM

The tailgate is what is specified in the original contract and is what is pictured in pictures of the veteran regiments. The door variant appears in some '62 illustrations. We will start what I refer to as the m1859/62 (2 wheel) Ambulance in late fall/early winter.

Our hope is to build an ambulance each year for a few years. We are going to be examining an original m1862 (4 Wheel) [Wheeling] next month in partial prep for 2008s project.

If you go to our web site: http://www.thefieldhospital.com/

Click on the "Primary Documents" button - you will see that the first two entries are the contractor's specifications for both the m1859 (2 Wheel) and m1862 (4 Wheel). It is from these that we have/will build our reproductions.



07-04-2007, 01:52 PM

That is absolutely amazing. My compliments to you and yours. I hope to see you in the field soon. I am quite jealous. Seriously jealous.