During the Civil War, DaVega designed and served as surgeon on a hospital attached to a floating battery built to attack Fort Sumter from the water. The hospital was a one-story wooden structure outfitted with ten beds and medical supplies to treat soldiers wounded aboard the battery. In 1863, when Federal troops began their bombardment of Charleston, Dr. DaVega left for Columbia where he continued his medical practice. He died in Charleston on July 14, 1882 and is buried in the Jewish Cemetery on Coming Street.
Image 1: Columbus DaVega, M.D., n.d.
Image 2: The Floating Battery at Charleston, S.C.
Image 3: Interior of the Hospital