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Dr. Thomas W. FRY, Sr. (often found as Thomas J)



Thomas J. Fry, Sr., MD

Civil War Rank: Surgeon Civil War

Regiment: 11th

Place of Birth: Danville, Ky

Date of Birth: 8.4.1814

Place of Death: Crawfordsville, In

Date of Death: 2.24.1873

Schools attended: Transylvania Univ Year Medical Grad or Attendance: 1837

Political office or connection: Collector of Internal Revenue in 1867

Career other than physician: Chief editor of Montgomery Journal for the advancement of the Whig Party

Wife: Maria U. Rochester b. 1817 KY

Date of Marriage: 11.1837

Children: 4 b. IN

Obit location: Ji7sma 3:77; Jisma v.28:300

Comm. Date: 8.31.1861 Final Date: 9.28.1861

appointed Brig. surgeon USV

2 Comm: 1.17.1862 Final Date of last commission: 11.30.1865

County: Tippecanoe(Lafayette) / Montgomery(Crawfordsville-1850)

Sources: 1850c $8000 /

At the commencement of the war Dr. Fry tendered his services to his country, and was appointed to the 11th In vol.

After serving about two years, he contracted disease, which caused his transfer to the United States Hospitals at Louisville and New Albany, he continued as chief surgeon of the hopital until the close of the war, after which he returned to Crawfordsville.

Thesis 'Congestive Fever' Index Terms: an inaugural dissertation on cynache trachealis...

Record# 21231 in database 19th Indiana Century Physicians

Source: 19th Century Database of Indiana Physicians


Letter from Paducah Camp Macauley, Paducah, KY, October 2nd, 1861 Editors Journal

I am informed that the Indiana Journal and Sentinel have given circulation to a report that Dr. Thompson and myself had failed to discharge our duties as surgeons of the 11th regiment. I cannot believe that the editor of either paper would intentionally or maliciously injure the character of those who were not on the ground to defend themselves from such attacks. But it does strike me that, before giving currency and cater to such injurious reports, it would be well to ascertain whether either or both of us were guilty of the non-performance of our official duties.

My assistant Dr. Thompson, of Terre Haute, was at home on leave of absence, attending upon a sick wife, who is still too ill for him to leave. The charge against him is, therefore, particularly unjust. He is not a man who would willfully neglect his duties. In regard to myself, I must say, that the charge is unjust. Our regiment left Indianapolis on Saturday morning, the 7th of September, for St. Louis, without medicines or hospital stores. I remained with Capts. Knefler and Darnall, for two purposes, until the following Monday. One of which was to accompany a number of the sick, who were too unwell to start on Saturday; the other was to secure some hospital stores, which I accomplished through Dr. Bobbs. All the Surgeons from Indiana had obtained their medicines and hospital stores at Indianapolis. Thinking that we would still get them there, I had ordered a medical chest, made at my requisition, and was not informed to the contrary until a day or two before our departure, when Gov. Morton told me to send to Dr. Wright, of Cincinnati. It was then too late to get them in time, and as we were ordered to St. Louis, I deemed it best to get them there.

We reached St. Louis on Tuesday evening, and found the Regiment had gone the evening before to Paducah. I immediately handed in my requisition to the Medical Purveyor - told our situation. I urged that they should be immediately sent. We asked for transportation and were ordered on board the steamer J. D. Perry, which was expected to start any hour; but remained at the wharf till Friday evening. This time I endeavored to improve in making efforts to get cots, &c., for our sick. The Purveyor Dr. Alexander, refused them, as he did many articles allowed by the Regulations. I called on Marshal Kase, and told him the necessity of having cots. He did what he could, but failed in getting them.

Leaving St. Louis on Friday evening, we reached Cairo on Sunday, and remained there till Monday noon, and reached Paducah the same afternoon, without medicine, without cots, and without hospital stores. A double portion, however, came to hand in the course of ten days, (excepting cots,) and but for the kindness of Dr. Austin, of the 25th Indiana Regiment, who kindly furnished me a few articles, our men would have suffered. These are the facts, in the case. As to neglect of duty, I am willing that the officers and men of this Regiment may judge. In future it is to be hoped that before the characters of those who have risked their all in defense of the Government is assisted, a little more caution will be observed. I doubt not that those who have given circulation to the reports will as promptly correct them. When either Dr. Thompson or myself fail in discharge of the important trusts confided to us, I hope our commissions will be taken from us.

The Lafayette Courier, Wabash Express and Crawfordsville Journal will confer a favor by copying the above letter.

Truly, Thos. W. Fry, Surgeon, 11th Reg. I.V.M.

P. S. Gen Wallace, I doubt not has written that the charges were false.

Source: 19th Centuray Datbase of Indiana Physicians


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