Thursday, October 6, 2011
Dr. Jonathan Foltz, Surgeon General (1871-1872)
Jonathan Messersmith Foltz (1810-1877) was commissioned an assistant surgeon in the Navy in 1830. After seeing action aboard USS Potomac in the East Indies, he became a friend and advisor to President James Buchanan. Dr. Foltz served as Fleet Surgeon with Admiral Farragut during the Civil War and took part in the Mississippi River campaign which saw the capture of New Orleans and the fall of Vicksburg. He was appointed Surgeon General in 1871, serving until 1872.