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W.H. Church

W.H. Church

Federal (USV)


William Henry Church

(1826 - 1866)

Home State: New York

Education: Columbia University (Medicine), Class of 1849

Command Billet: Medical Director

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Ninth Army Corps

Before Antietam

He had been House Surgeon of the New York Hospital 1850-51. He was appointed Brigade Surgeon, US Volunteers on 3 August 1861 and by February 1862 he was Division Surgeon and acting Medical Director of the Department of North Carolina, on the Expedition under Brigadier General Burnside.

On the Campaign

He was Medical Director of the Ninth Corps on the Campaign. In his after-action report General Burnside wrote:

To my personal staff I am under renewed obligations for their constant and unwearied efforts and their faithfulness and courage, exhibited in the various duties required of them. They are as follows ... Surg. W. H. Church, medical director ...

The rest of the War

He resigned and mustered out of US Volunteer service in October 1863. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel on 13 March 1865.

After the War

He went to New Orleans and then Europe, for his health, but died in France in 1866.

References & notes

His photograph from a full-length portrait in the collection of the Library of Congress1. His appointment as Brigade Surgeon published in US Army General Orders No. 62 of 20 August 1861. Life details from his death notice in the collection of the New York Society Library:

At Pau, France, on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the 41st year of his age, William Henry Church, M.D., of this City, formerly Division Surgeon on Gen. Burnside's Staff, and youngest son of the late Hon. Philip Church, of Belvidere, N.Y.
His memorial is on Findagrave.


06/06/1826; Angelica, NY


9/27/1866; Pau, Aquitaine, FRANCE


1   US Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Published c 1998, first accessed 01 January 2000, <>, Source page: /cwp2003002455/PP/  [AotW citation 12139]