Dr William Kemp Gatewood

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Dr William Kemp Gatewood

  • Birth 5 Mar 1836 Middlesex County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 7 Mar 1909 Marion County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial West Point, King William County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 16462523

The son of Dr. William Lowry Gatewood and Lucy Ann Street Gatewood earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1859. The next year he was wed to Martha J. Bowden. In June of 1861, he enlisted with Company C of the 55th Virginia Infantry, CSA and assigned detached service at the hospital in Urbanna. In August of 1863, he was assigned to the Jackson Hospital in Richmond. After that, he served at Camp Holmes in North Carolina, coming back to Richmond in August of 1864. After the War, he practiced medicine in Middlesex County. His wife, Martha, died in 1875. He married Mary Mandeville McCandlish in December of 1879. By 1890 they had moved to West Point, King William, where he was Health Officer. He was a member of the Medical Society of Virginia and the Society of Southern Railway Surgeons.

From: Hambrecht, F.T. & Koste, J.L., Biographical register of physicians who served the Confederacy in a medical capacity. Unpublished database.

From Richard O'Sullivan;

GATEWOOD, WILLIAM KEMP: Physician. Born in Middlesex Co., 3/5/36. Eldest son of a wealthy planter and physician in that county. Light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, 5' 6" tall. Studied at the Medical College of Va. and graduated from the Medical Department of Hampden Sydney College, in 1859. Married (1) Martha J. Bowden, in 1860 (5 children), (2) Mary Mandeville McCandlish, in December '79 (1 surviving child). Enlisted in Co.C, 7/18/61. Served as a hospital steward at Urbanna from October '61 until discharged by reason of having been appointed Post Master at Saluda, Middlesex Co., 2/5/62. Appointed an Acting Asst. Surgeon, 8/24/63 and assigned to the 3rd Division at Jackson Hospital, Richmond, the next day. As officer of the day on 8/28/63, he submitted a morning report suggesting a number of improvements. He served at Jackson Hospital until 1/25/64, after which he was employed for a while at Camp Holmes, in N.C.. From July '64 until the end of the war he was back in Richmond assessing the fitness of convalescents on detail, some of whom he returned to front line duty. Post-war physician in Middlesex Co.. Appointed Health Officer at West Point, King William Co. in the 1880s and was still serving as such in 1900. Member of the Medical Society of Va. and of the Society of Southern Railway Surgeons. Died, 3/7/1909


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 4 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16462523
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Kemp Gatewood (5 Mar 1836–7 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16462523, citing Sunny Slope Cemetery, West Point, King William County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .