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William Whittier Brown.
Birth: 1805, Vershire, Orange County, Vermont.
Death: Jan. 6, 1874, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
Children: William Gerrish Brown (1840 - 1865), Charles Lawrence Brown (1843 - 1863).
Burial: Valley Cemetery, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
WILLIAM WHITTIER BROWN was born in Vershire, VT, in 1805. After attending school in his native state, he attended the academy at Hudson, NY. In 1827 and 1828 he taught school in NY.
At the age of 23 he began studying medicine with John Poole, M.D. at Bradford, VT. He also attended lectures at Hanover, NH and graduated from the NH Medical Institution in 1830. He began his practice in Fremont, NH and in 1835 moved to Chester, NH. In 1843 he went to New York City to further his education. He returned in 1846 and opened a new practice in Manchester, NH.
In 1861 he was appointed Surgeon of the 7th NH Volunteer Infantry. He served until July 22, 1864, when he resigned due to ill health and returned to his medical practice. At the time of his death he was the Post Surgeon for Louis Bell Post #3 GAR. He died on January 6, 1874 at the age of 68.
Extract from the Report of Surgeon WILLIAM W. Brown, 7th New Hampshire Volunteers. St. Augustine, Florida, quarter ending September 30, 1862.
The 7th New Hampshire volunteers sailed from New York about the middle of February, 1862, and arrived at Fort Jfferson, Tortuous, Florida, on the 9th of March. About the middle of June we were ordered to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and encamped at Beaufort. When we arrived the weather was extremely hot and the atmosphere close and unpleasant. At Baufort the sea breezes arc cut off by the outside islands. Our encampment was under a beautiful shade of old live oaks. A gneral hospital had been established under the direction of Surgeon C. H. Crane, U. S. A., Medical Director of the Department of the South, and thither I was ordered to send all very sick men. Our men were rapidly attacked with bilious remittent fever.
Our first cases were most severe, and typhoid symptoms came on early. Some twenty died during our first month at Beaufort. As the disease advanced it assumed a milder type. Nearly all the cases were attended with diarrhoea of a serous or bilious caracter, which was not easily controlled. Our treatment was at first an active mercurial cathartic, followed, when a remission ocurred, with qinine in doses of ten grains. For the diarrhoea we gave a turpentine emulsion containing laudanum. We left Baufort September 1st, and arrived at St. Augustine, Florida, on the 3d. Here the health of the regiment has evidently com mnced to improve, though cases of fever similar to those we had at Beaufort still occur.