Surgeon Benjamin TowleTOWLE, Benjamin N -  Surgeon

Doctor Towle enlisted 11 Oct 1862 at age 33 as an Assistant Surgeon.  He mustered in 11 Oct 1862, was commissioned in Company S, 15th Infantry; and he mustered out in Concord, NH on  13  Aug 1863.  He and his wife Albronia resided in  Newmarket and had set up his Doctor’s Office before the start of the War.  The 1860 census list his occupation as a physician with a  personal worth of  $650.

When Fort Sumter was fired upon by the rebels in 1861, Dr. Benjamin N. Towle was the first man in the town of Newmarket, N. H., to respond to the call of the President for volunteers, and to offer his services to the governor of the state for the defense of his country.  In 1862 he was appointed assistant surgeon, Fifteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers.

His regiment was placed under the command of General Banks, and in the course of time, with others, proceeded to Long Island  to sail under sealed orders.  The destination proved to be New Orleans, La., and Dr. Towle’s regiment  was stationed at Carrollton, La.    In April 1863, he was detailed to serve in the Barracks hospital.

Dr. Towle's house, still standing on Spring StreetThe hospital was not far from New Orleans, and near the battle ground of General Jackson, and there he remained during the rest of his term of service.  He was selected to have full charge of the surgery of the hospital, and all the operations during his service there were performed by him. The morning reports of the surgical department in this hospital, showed that the recoveries were fifteen per cent above those of any other hospital in or about New Orleans.   At the expiration of Dr. Towle’s term of service he was offered a continuance of his position in the hospital as a con­tract surgeon, but this appreciative and complimentary offer he felt obliged to decline on account of home duties.

(Photo taken of  The Old Towle residence in winter on Spring Street.  The house is still standing, turned into apartments) 

He was born 17 Jan 1829  in Freedom NH to  Lovell Towell ( 1801-1891) and Mary (Bennett) Towell (1809-18920).    He  studied in Parsonfield, Maine under Drs. Calvin Topliff and Moses Sweat, and was graduated 1852 at  the age of 23.  He then went on to Dartmouth and recieved a degree in 1856 at age 27, the same year (in December) he married Albronian L. Demerrit (1837-1873) in Effingham, NH.  They had a son, George W. Towle in 1865.   By 1870 he had moved to Effingham  and set up his physician’s pracatice.   After Albronia died in 1873, he married her sister Mary E. Demeritt (1847-1888) in June 1876.   Dr. Towle died 28 Sep 1910 in Effingham, NH  and is buried in Effingham Falls Cemetery.

Source: History of the Fifteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, 1862-1863 By Charles McGregor