ENGRAVED GOLD WATCH FOB FOR 43RD AND 72ND PENNSYLVANIA SURGEON

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Item Code: 846-123

Fob consists of a fine black ribbon folded to a length of approx. 3.50 inches long with a gold adjustment buckle at top and a gold link at bottom for suspending a pocket watch. Hanging from the top adjustment buckle is a wartime US staff officer’s button in excellent condition with a flat gold back engraved with “J. W. HOUSTON MD / SURGEON / OF PA. VOLS. / CIVIL WAR / 1861 - 1865.” Engraving has the usual linear decorations and is nicely done.

Joseph Willis Houston was born February 14, 1834. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1857 and became a member of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania.

Houston was first commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry on July 31, 1862 and was discharged on October 6, 1862. During his time with the regiment they saw action at the battle of Antietam.

From July 6 to August 13, 1863 Houston served as Surgeon of the 43rd Pennsylvania Infantry of the Pennsylvania Emergency Troops.

After the war he became a Professor of Natural Science at Lincoln University for six years and dean of the faculty of the medical department. He was also a surgeon of the Maryland Division of the Pennsylvania system for 15 years.

He died on June 5, 1920 at age 86 and is buried in Oxford Cemetery, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  [ad]

 

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