BUST CDV OF UNION ARMY SURGEON WHO WAS LATER AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR

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Image is a bust view of Dr. Henry R. Tilton posed in three-quarter right profile in the uniform of a Union 1st Lieutenant.

Bottom of image has a period pencil inscription of “DR. TILDEN.”

Image is clear with good contrast.

Mount and paper are good with only light surface dirt. Bottom edge of mount has photographer’s imprint of J. SIDNEY BROWN … ST LOUIS, MO.

Reverse has period pencil inscription “HARRY TILTON.”

Henry Remsen Tilton was born February 1, 1836 in Barnegat, New Jersey. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 1859.  He was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the US Army Medical Staff on August 21, 1861 and served in various hospitals throughout the war. He received two brevet promotions on March 13, 1865, one to Captain and one to Major.

Tilton remained with the Army Medical Department after the war and was post surgeon at Fort Lyon in the Colorado Territory from 1866 to 1870. While at Fort Lyon in May 1868, Tilton treated Kit Carson who had fallen ill while travelling to Washington, DC. He saw his first action that same year participating in skirmishes with the Cheyenne on September 8 and again on October 7, 1868. Tilton later accompanied Colonel David S. Stanley in his expedition of the Yellowstone River in the Montana Territory in 1873. He was subsequently stationed at various frontier posts in the North Plains and, in 1876, attained the rank of major-surgeon. Tilton served under General Nelson A. Miles at Wolf Mountain, the last major battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77, the following year.

Within a few short months, Tilton was once again under Miles command when the Nez Perce War began that summer. Assigned to the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, he later wrote an account of the campaign entitled "After the Nez Perce" published in Forest and Stream and Rod and Gun. On September 30, 1877, he won distinction at the Battle of Bear Paw Mountain against Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce by exposing himself to heavy fire to rescue and protect many wounded men on the battlefield. His actions would not be recognized by the War Department until almost twenty years later when he received the Medal of Honor on March 22, 1895.

He spent the rest of his career with the medical department as deputy surgeon general. Tilton retired from active service as a lieutenant colonel on February 2, 1900, and made a full colonel upon being placed on the retirement list.

He died in Sackets Harbor, New York on June 25, 1906, and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. [ad]

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