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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Howard Pinkney

(1837 - 1888)

Home State: New York

Education: City College of NY (1856), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 83rd New York Infantry (9th Militia)

Before Antietam

After medical school he practiced at Bellevue Hospital, New York. At the start of the War, then age 24, he enrolled in New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Assistant Surgeon, 9th NY Militia (83rd New York Infantry) on 27 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his Regiment on the Campaign and treated casualties on the field at Antietam. He was at hospitals in Poolesville and Keedysville, and was assigned to the US Army General Hospital in Frederick, MD.

The rest of the War

He was ill with typhoid fever and resigned his commission in December 1862.

After the War

He practiced medicine and was an aural (ear) surgeon in New York City, and was active in professional organizations. He was on a trip to a medical conference in London when he died of apoplexy on the train from the port of Southampton in May 1888 at age 51.

References & notes

Service information from Phisterer1, and further bio detail from a memorial in the (NY) Medical Record of 26 January 1889. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He married Clara Schley (d. 1877) of Frederick, MD on 21 April 1863.


01/09/1837; New York City, NY


05/14/1888; near Southampton, ENGLAND; burial in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 4, pg. 2926  [AotW citation 18130]