FREDERICK HENRY PATTON, Assistant Surgeon
Circular No. 3.
Series of 1894.
Whole Number, 252.
Cincinnati, January 27, 1894.
Our late Companion, Frederick Henry Patton, Assistant Surgeon 12th W. Va. Vol. Inf., was elected a member of the First Class of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, through the Commandery of Ohio, November 5, 1890. Insignia 8376.
The accompanying report of the Committee appointed to prepare a tribute to his memory, is printed in accordance with the Regulations of the Commandery.
By order of
Brevet Brigadier-General Benjamin Harrison, U.S.V., Commander.
Captain U.S.V., Recorder
Frederick Henry Patton
Born June 11, 1840 in Fayette County, Penna.
Died April 5, 1893 at Natl. Mil. Home, Ohio.
Frederick Henry Patton was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on June 11, 1840, and grew to manhood in his native state. He entered the army as Assistant Surgeon of the 12th Regiment West Virginia Infantry, and served as such until the close of the war. One June 15, 1863, he was captured on the field of battle, near Winchester, Virginia, and was held as hostage in Libby Prison until November 23, 1863. In April, 1864, he was detailed as Medical Purveyor, and served as such on the staff of Generals Sullivan, Hunter, and Sheridan, respectively, until January 1865, when, at his own request, he was relieved, rejoined his regiment and was mustered out with it at Richmond, Virginia, June 18, 1865. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and practiced medicine at West Newton, Pennsylvania, from the close of the war until appointed Surgeon of the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, November 1, 1884, in which capacity he served continuously until his last sickness and death. He performed the exacting duties of his office with fidelity and ability, and endeared himself to those who knew him professionally, by his kindness of heart, cheerfulness and painstaking efforts in the sick room. On the 20th of August, 1861, being then in his 21st year, he married Miss Eliza C. Dorsey, at Taylorstown, Pennsylvania, who (with five of the ten children born to them) is left to mourn his loss. The Doctor was a Mason of high degree, and a Comrade of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was ever ready to aid financially, or otherwise, the needy or distressed. He was a man of large mold, dignified presence and strong individually, sympathetic, genial and pleasant. The "Big Doctor," as he was affectionately called by the Veterans, elected to be buried in the Home Cemetery among his Comrades, and there he now sleeps his last sleep.
J. B. Thomas
James C. Michie