Gabriel Grant(1826 - 1909)
Home State: New Jersey
Command Billet: Division Surgeon
Branch of Service: Medical
Unit: 3rd Division, II Corps
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a Newark, N.J. physician with degrees from Williams College (1846) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (1851). In 1854, he served on a special health commission to combat the cholera epidemic in Newark. He was Surgeon of the 2nd New Jersey Infantry from May through October 1861, when he was appointed Surgeon, US Volunteers. He was then Surgeon to Gen French's Brigade and Division. He served in the battles of Bull Run, Fair Oaks, Gaines̀ Mills, Peach Orchard Station, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, and Antietam.
He was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism under fire at Fair Oaks, Va., 1 June 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Gen French noted in his after-action report that "Surgeon Grant organized his division hospital under fire", suggesting it was not far to the rear.
The remainder of the War:
He was at Fredericksburg and Vicksburg. Later, he was named medical director of hospitals at Evansville, Indiana, and was placed in command of the United States Army Hospital at Madison, Indiana. He resigned his commission 13 January 1865.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Biographical sketch from the NJ Historical Society, Newark, introducing the Gabriel Grant Papers in their Manuscript Collection.
More on the Web:
See also a post-war photograph of him from US Army Medicine History.
|Birth Date: 9/4/1826 Place of Birth: Newark, NJ |
College: Williams College (NJ) Graduating Year: 1846
Death Date: 11/8/1909 Burial Place: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, NY
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