Thursday, October 6, 2011
Dr. Joseph Beale, Surgeon General (1873-1877)
Joseph Beale (1814-1889) was appointed an assistant surgeon in the Navy in 1837. After serving aboard USS John Adams in the suppression of the slave trade on the African coast, he was promoted to surgeon. He saw action in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and the Mississippi River campaign during the Civil War. Following the war, Dr. Beale became Fleet Surgeon of the Asiatic Squadron. He was appointed Surgeon General in 1873, and during his tenure a volume of Sanitary and Medical Reports was published, a document that later evolved into the Annual Reports of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy.