Henry Janes

Henry Janes

Birth
Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Death 10 Jun 1915 (aged 83)
Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Burial Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 14502426 · View Source
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Famed Civil War physician. Son of Congressman Henry Fisk James. Grandson of Governor Ezra Butler. Attended local schools and St. Johnsbury Academy. Graduate, New York City's College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1855. Assistant surgeon and house surgeon, Bellevue Hospital, New York, 1855-56. Practiced in Chelsea, Massachusetts, 1857. Returned to Waterbury and began medical practice, 1858. Mustered into service, June 1861. In charge of hospitals after battles of South Mountain and Antietam. In charge of hospital during second battle of Fredericksburg. Union medical director during battle of Gettysburg. Remained in Gettysburg took charge of local hospitals to care for Union and Confederate wounded until winter, 1863. Earned accolades for hospital's superior performance in caring for 20,000 wounded Union and Confederate without prejudice. Commended for practicing advanced medical procedures to hasten recovery. Officer in charge of military hospital in Philadelphia, 1864. Returned to duty with Army of the Potomac, summer 1864. That fall he commanded hospital steamship "State of Maine," moving thousands of wounded from the front to hospitals in numerous northern cities. Assigned in winter of 1864 as officer in charge of Army's Sloan Hospital, Montpelier, Vermont, where he remained until war's end. Returned to medical practice in Waterbury. Consulting physician and surgeon, Mary Fletcher Hospital, Burlington, and Heaton Hospital, Montpelier. President, Waterbury Village Board of Trustees. Member, Vermont House. Married Frances B. Hall (died 1909) of Cambridge, 1882. Surgeon General, Vermont National Guard, with rank of Brigadier General, 1888-90. Chairman, State Board of Medical Censors. President, State Board of Medical Registration. Military surgeon, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Member Grand Army of the Republic, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Sons of the American Revolution. Bequeathed family home for use as public library, which is still in use today. Many possessions, including surgeon's kit, displayed on second floor, which is home to Waterbury Historical Society Museum.


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  • Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 4 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14502426
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Janes (24 Jan 1832–10 Jun 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14502426, citing Hope Cemetery, Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Bill McKern (contributor 46817687) .