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L.L. Dorr

L.L. Dorr

Federal (USV)


Levi Lewis Dorr

(1840 - 1934)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Bellevue Hospital, Class of 1866

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he was a clerk in Boston on enlistment in April 1861 as Private, Company B, 13th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the thigh in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA. He transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps in May 1864 and was discharged 15 July 1864 as First Sergeant, 22nd Company, 2nd Battalion, VRC.

After the War

He attended Georgetown Medical College (DC) 1864-65, and was granted an MD in 1866 at Bellevue Hospital, New York. He was an Acting Assistant Surgeon, US Army 1867-72, under contract, and saw action in Arizona. He was Surgeon for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company by 1873, and coroner of San Fransisco 1878-1881. He was commissioned Surgeon, California National Guard in 1880. He was an attending physician at St. Luke's Hospital, San Fransisco to at least 1890, and held other medical posts.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Casualty details from Nelson.2 His medical career from a sketch in General Alumni Catalogue of New York University, 1833-1907: Medical Alumni (1908). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from one in the Scott Hann collection, posted by Brad Forbush on his excellent 13th Mass at Antietam page. A good post-war-doctor photo of him is in Stanford's Lane Medical History Center collection (via Flickr).

More on the Web

See an article (pdf) featuring a letter he wrote about The Fight at Chiracahua Pass against the Apache in 1869.


04/06/1840; Brockton, MA


09/10/1934; San Fransisco, CA; burial in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 79 - 84  [AotW citation 6890]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 150  [AotW citation 16982]