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Reconstructing Dr. Gibbes' Study: A Biography of Loss is a collection of essays illuminating the many facets of this 19th century Confederate Surgeon's professional and social life in South Carolina's capital city, in the shadows of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina.) The book opens with a letter Dr. Gibbes wrote one of his sons as the smoke cleared following the Burning of Columbia 150 years ago. It ends with a tribute written about him and published at the time of his death, only months following his city's burning. Essays were written to stand alone or be read together for a comprehensive view of this notable man.
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Rachel Haynie frequently writes about art and history; Dr. Robert W. Gibbes provided inspiration for a combination of these two, plus many more topics. Gibbes exemplified the Renaissance Man in 19th century South Carolina, although his culture and knowledge reflected national and international influences. Haynie was educated on the University of South Carolina's same tree-lined Horseshoe on which Dr. Gibbes began distinguishing himself; she worships at the same Episcopal cathedral where he served as a warden and in whose cemetery is buried. She travels to the same metropolitan centers in which Gibbes found intellectual stimulation more than a century and a half ago. And she shares the strong family values Gibbes exhibited throughout his multi-faceted career and delving life. That Gibbes collected art along with natural science specimens, books, coins, and autographs appealed to the author's personal aesthetic. "Reconstructing Dr. Gibbes' Study" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, SC, February 18, 1865, As a companion book, Gibbes' "Cuba for Invalids" with a new introduction by Haynie is forthcoming. Haynie finds through his writings in this small volume, Dr. Gibbes reveals, through his keen observations, his professional and personal, including his social, experience.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1514177005