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Federal (USV)


Thomas McEbright

(1824 - 1894)

Home State: Ohio

Education: Starling Medical College, Class of 1851

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He moved with his family to Ohio at about age 9 in 1833, and from about age 16 was alternately a student at Ohio Wesleyan University and a school teacher to pay the tuition. He left college about 1847, before graduating, but began the study of medicine locally, in Wooster, OH. He graduated from the Starling Medical College (now Ohio State University College of Medicine) in Columbus in 1851. He afterward had a practice in Holmes County, OH.

He enrolled as Surgeon, 8th Ohio Infantry on 27 November 1861, his commission dated 8 December.

On the Campaign

He was with the regiment in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and he treated wounded soldiers after Antietam in a barn hospital on the Roulette Farm near Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 6 January 1863. He returned to service as Surgeon of the 100-day 166th Ohio Infantry on 2 May 1864 and mustered out with them on 9 September.

After the War

He lived in Akron, OH and, in addition to his medical practice, was active in local and State Medical Societies and was a member of the Akron Board of Education for 14 years.

References & notes

His service from the State Roster1 and Sawyer.2 Personal details from a bio sketch in Lane's Fifty Years and Over of Akron and Summit County (1892), source also of a post-war picture of him. He's also see in some records as Thomas M. Ebright and Thomas Mack Ebright. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Nancy Liggett (1832-1904) in June 1853 and they had 5 children; 2 daughters - Kit and Carita - survived infancy, and both graduated from Cornell University.

The McEbright Community Learning Center (formerly McEbright Elementary School) in Akron is named for him.

Thanks to Andy Cardinal for the poke to look into Dr McEbright.

More on the Web

See a letter he wrote home after Antietam as it was published in the Holmes County Farmer of 9 October 1862 on Page 2. It's online courtesy of the Library of Congress. Thanks to Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch in Ohio at Antietam (2021) for the reference to that letter.


04/14/1824; Carlisle, PA


04/08/1894; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pg. 237; Vol, 9, pg. 357  [AotW citation 26567]

2   Sawyer, Franklin, and George A. Groot, editor, A Military History of the 8th Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf'y, Cleveland: Fairbanks & Co., Printers, 1881, pg. 185  [AotW citation 26568]