Moses Gunn.


Though Gunn initiated a tradition of excellent anatomy instruction at Michigan, he was also interested in surgery. A capable, determined man, Gunn became professor of surgery in 1854, holding the title until 1867, when it was taken over by his long time friend and colleague Corydon Ford. Gunn served as a surgeon for 11 months in the Civil War, seeing active duty during General McClellan’s peninsular campaign. Gunn resigned from the University in 1867 after the sudden death of his son by drowning, and moved to Chicago with his family. There he became chair of surgery at Rush Medical College until he died in 1887.

In 1853 DR GUNN removed to Detroit whence he visited Ann Arbor twice a week to attend to the duties of his chair. It was while living here that he lost by drowning his eldest son GLYNDON aged 16. This son was a youth of great promise and his untimely death cast a cloud over his father's life which the subsequent years did not suffice to remove.

From September 1, 1861, to July, 1862, he was Surgeon of the Fifth Michigan Infantry and went through the Peninsular Campaign with General McClellan’s army.

  • Moses Gunn, Faculty History Project, University of Michigan