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Federal (USV)


John Fonda Whitbeck

(1812 - 1880)

Home State: New York

Education: University of Pennsylvania, Fairfield Medical College, Class of 1837

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 108th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He practiced medicine in East Avon and Lima, NY, and moved to Rochester in 1850. Enrolled at age 49 and mustered as Surgeon, 108th New York Infantry on 18 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with the Regiment on the battlefield at Antietam and treated wounded soldiers there on 17 September 1862 and after.

The rest of the War

Discharged 6 January 1863: he resigned on account of illness.

References & notes

Basic information from Washburn1. Further details from a biographical sketch from the Rochester Medical Museum. Service data from the State of New York2.

More on the Web

See a photograph of Dr. Whitbeck performing a post-mortem exam at Rochester General Hospital in 1878.


09/27/1812; Claverack, NY


12/08/1880; Rochester, NY; burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY


1   Washburn, George H., A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Vols., Rochester (NY): Press of E.R. Andrews, 1894, pp. 196, 215 - 227  [AotW citation 8880]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 34 (for the year 1903), pg. 316  [AotW citation 8964]