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E.P. Vollum

E.P. Vollum

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Edward Perry Vollum

(1827 - 1902)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Medical Inspector

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

First commissioned Assistant Surgeon, US Army on 31 May 1853, he served in the West before the War, including in Texas, the Oregon Territory, and California. He was an amateur photographer producing pictures from about 1856. He was promoted to Surgeon (Major) on 12 May 1862, and Lieutenant Colonel and Medical Inspector on 11 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Medical Inspector of the Army of the Potomac.

The rest of the War

General Orders (No. 18), HQ, Mil Div of West Mississippi at New Orleans, 14 July 1864: Lieutenant Colonel Edward P. Vollum, Medical inspector, U. S. Army, is hereby charged with the general supervision and direction of matters pertaining to the medical department in the Military Division of West Mississippi, and at the posts on the eastern bank of the Mississippi...

After the War

He continued in US Army service and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Surgeon 30 January 1883, Colonel 23 April 1889, and Chief Medical Purveyor on 28 August 1890. He retired 11 September 1890 (his 63rd birthday).

References & notes

Service dates from Heitman1. Details from Peter E. Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West, Stanford: Stanford University Press (2000) and notes accompanying a collection of his papers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His photograph from the National Library of Medicine, Images from the History of Medicine collection2.


9/11/1827; New York, NY




1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pp. 988-989  [AotW citation 12142]

2   US National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, Images from the History of Medicine, Published 2004, first accessed 01 February 2014, <>, Source page: /luna/servlet/view/search?q=B025609  [AotW citation 12143]