Hamilton, John Brown
- Shari Rudavsky
Hamilton, John Brown (01 December 1847–24 December 1898), surgeon general of the United States, was born in Jersey County, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Brown, a clergyman, and Martha Hamilton. Of Scottish descent, the family founded and ran a country academy that offered students a classical education. Hamilton attended this school in his early years, helping out with the family farm in his free time. When he turned sixteen, he arranged to be apprenticed to Joseph Hamilton, a local physician, apprenticeship being a common path in those days to a career as a doctor. After a year of apprenticeship, Hamilton joined the G Company of the sixty-first Illinois Regiment and served throughout the rest of the Civil War....