Dr. Edward Stonestreet practiced medicine from 1852 until his death in 1903, in Rockville, MD. He was educated at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Stonestreet served as an Examining Surgeon for Montgomery County, MD, during the Federal draft of 1862. It is estimated that he examined more than 800 men.
During 1862 – 1863, Dr. Stonestreet served with the U.S. Army as an Acting Assistant Surgeon (Contract Surgeon). During late 1862 and early 1863, he treated the living wounded after the Battle of Antietam in a temporary Army General Hospital, in Rockville, while they were enroute from Frederick, MD to long term care in new Army pavilion style, state-of-the-art, hospitals in Washington, DC, and in Alexandria, VA. During the first half of 1863, Dr. Stonestreet attended the ill soldiers of the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment prior to their involvement in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Dr. Stonestreet’s life, his medical training, practice, and Army service was recently paralleled by the fictitious Dr. Jed Foster of the PBS 2016 special Civil War series Mercy Street.