Thursday, October 6, 2011
Dr. James C. Palmer, Surgeon General (1872-1873)
James Croxall Palmer (1811-1883) joined the Navy in 1834. He served as assistant surgeon first aboard USS Brandywine and then USS Vincennes during its circumnavigation of the globe. He accompanied the Wilkes Exploring Expedition to the Antarctic (1838-1842). He later was surgeon aboard USS Niagara when that vessel helped lay the first Atlantic Cable. During the Civil War Dr. Palmer was Fleet Surgeon of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and was with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay. He became Surgeon General in 1872 and served until his retirement a year later.