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Federal (USV)


Gabriel Grant

(1826 - 1909)

Home State: New Jersey

Education: Williams College (NJ), Class of 1846

Command Billet: Division Surgeon

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 3rd Division, II Corps

Before Antietam

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, Gaines" 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.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


9/4/1826; Newark, NJ


11/8/1909; burial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, NY