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P.C. Davis

P.C. Davis

Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Philip Chapman Davis

(1834 - 1871)

Home State: District Of Columbia

Education: Columbian College (now GW U), Medical School, Class of 1858

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Sixth Army Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, US Army on 28 May 1861. He was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, KS and was deployed with a small force from there to Kansas City. His group then joined with General Nathaniel Lyon's command in July. He was with that command in action at Wilson's Creek, MO on 10 August. He was captured while tending patients in Springfield, but paroled soon after. He then served in a hospital in St. Louis. In November he was assigned to the Columbian College Hospital in Washington, DC, and was there into February 1862. In March he was attached to General Franklin's artillery and served with them on the Peninsula Campaign.

On the Campaign

He served with batteries of the 6th Army Corps at Crampton's Gap and Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treating wounded soldiers in a hospital in Washington, DC by mid-1864. He was honored by brevet to Captain and Major, USA on 15 March 1865 for service during the war.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service and was promoted to Major and Surgeon, USA on 17 October 1868. He was at Fort McPherson, NE, on the Platte River in 1870 and died at Fort Benton, MT on 2 October 1871.

References & notes

Basic service from Heitman.1 Details from the MSHWR,2 Brown3, and History of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (1909). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from the National Library of Medicine, Images from the History of Medicine collection.4


1834 in VA


10/02/1871; Ft. Benton, MT; burial in Fort Shaw Military Cemetery, Fort Shaw, MT


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, pg. 359  [AotW citation 19737]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part. 1, Vol. 1, Appendix, pp. 15, 89, 106  [AotW citation 19738]

3   Brown, Harvey E., The Medical Department of the United States Army from 1775 to 1873, Washington, DC: US Army Surgeon General's Office, 1873, pp. 220, 289  [AotW citation 19739]

4   US National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, Images from the History of Medicine, Published 2004, first accessed 01 February 2014, <>, Source page: /catalog/nlm:nlmuid-101416301-img  [AotW citation 19754]