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Federal (USV)

Surgeon

Melancthon Storrs

(1823 - 1900)

Home State: Connecticut

Education: Brown University, Yale U (1852),
Yale Medical School, Class of 1853

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

A 28 year old physician practicing in Colchester, he enrolled in Manchester on 4 October 1861 and was commissioned and mustered as Surgeon of the 16th Connecticut Infantry on 5 October. He was appointed Brigade Surgeon, date not known.

On the Campaign

He treated wounded soldiers near the battlefield on South Mountain on 14 September, and at the 3rd Division, Ninth Corps field hospital near Sharpsburg during and after the battle at Antietam on the 17th.

The rest of the War

In December he as made acting Medical Director, Third Division and formally promoted to Division Surgeon in January 1863. He mustered out at the end of his term on 6 October 1864. He was an acting Staff Surgeon, US Army under contract from 7 October 1864 to 17 July 1865.

After the War

He returned home and had a successful practice in Hartford, CT. He was President of the State Medical Society (1891) and a Director of the Hartford Hospital.

References & notes

Service information from Ingersoll1 and the Record.2 Details from Weld.3 Personal information from family genealogists and his death notice in the Transactions of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Vol. 13, 1901). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Jane Drummond Adams (1829-1896) in 1853 and they had 4 children.

More on the Web

Dr. Robert M. Bedard wrote Four Connecticut Physicians: Window to Civil War Medicine and Service in the journal Connecticut Medicine (February 2009) [pdf], which speaks of Dr. Storr's skills and features a postwar portrait of him.

Birth

1823; Westford, CT

Death

06/09/1900 Hartford County, CT; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT

Notes

1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 363  [AotW citation 23335]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Chase, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1899, pg. 329  [AotW citation 23336]

3   Weld, Stanley B., Connecticut Physicians in the Civil War, Hartford: Connecticut Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965, pp. 13, 14, 17, 29  [AotW citation 23337]