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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

William Henry Norris

(1829 - 1892)

Home State: Maryland

Education: Oxford (OH) College, University of Maryland Medical School, Class of 1854

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 5th Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

A medical doctor, he was a health warden and vaccine physician before the war. He was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, 5th Maryland Infantry on 2 October 1861. He mustered out in August 1862 but was re-appointed on 3 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He treated wounded soldiers of his and other regiments in a barn hospital on the Roulette Farm near Sharpsburg during and after the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Surgeon on 22 September 1862. He served in Army hospitals and staff positions and was chief medical officer at the prison camp at Fort Delaware (1863). He mustered out at the end of his term of service on 1 October 1864.

After the War

He was at McKimm's Mansion Hospital in Baltimore in 1865, in the Custom House there in 1872, and resident at the Eastern Dispensary from 1880 until his death.

References & notes

His service from Wilmer.1 Personal details from family genealogists and a bio sketch in Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland (1892). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary L. Cooper (1832-1855) in about 1852, but she died in 1855, probably in childbirth with their second child. He married again, in 1862, to Mollie E. Suter (b. 1841) and they had at least 4 children.


03/29/1829; Carroll County, MD


02/08/1892; burial in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pg. 181  [AotW citation 24300]