He was a member of the Medical Society of Virginia, and elected pres- ident in 1891; an honorary fellow in 1892.
Before studying medicine he was engaged for a time in engineering, being one of the corps of engineers who located the route of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. At the beginning of the Civil War he organized the Latham Battery, and in many battles of the first two years of the war he and his men were conspicuous for their bravery. He ruled his men through their devo- tion to him. About the latter part of 1862 he was commissioned surgeon in the army, and as such served until the close of the war.
He married in 1853 Anna Turner. They had three children, none of whom survived their father.
He suffered for several years from organic disease of the heart, of which he died on May 5, 1903.
His wit was proverbial and he was noted as a toast-master and as a writer of humerous sketches and poetry, and his professional papers are scholarly and full of thought, though not numerous. The title of two are:
" Report on the Advances in Surgery." ("Transactions of Medical Society of Virginia," 1885.)
"A Neglected Medical Function." ("Presidential Address," ibid., 1892.)
R. M. S. Trans. Med. Soc. of Va., 1903.
Latimer, Henry (1752-1819).
Henry Latimer, army surgeon, was born in Newport, Delaware, in April, 1752, and graduated from the Univer- sity of Pennsylvania in 1773, com- pleting his medical education at Edinburgh University. He settled in Wilmington, Delaware, but on war breaking out was appointed hospital surgeon and physician.
He was honorably mentioned by Gen. Washington during the war, and in 1813 appointed surgeon-general of
the army and discharged in 1815.
He was a member of the State Med- ical Society from its organization, and at one time its president.
As a surgeon in the Continental Army he won distinction and after- wards both as physician and surgeon was considered a man of ability and of high character.
He married early in life, and had five children, and died in Wilmington, December, 1819.
H. M. T.
Historical Encyclopedia of Delaware, 1SS2.
Latimer, Thomas Sargent (1839-1906).
He was born at Savannah, Georgia, June 17, 1839. Having received a literary training at the Sherwood Academy, York, Pennsylvania, he enter- ed the medical school of the University of Maryland, and graduated M. D. in 1861 and soon after went south and entered the Confederate Army as private, but was soon appointed assist- ant surgeon, later full surgeon and assistant medical purveyor of the army of Northern Virginia. The war hav- ing closed, he remained at Richmond one year, and in 1866 was appointed resident physician to the Baltimore In- firmary, which position he held two years, then began private practice.
Among other appointments he was professor of anatomy in the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery; in 1873, held the chair of surgery, in the College of Physicians and Surgeons; and was appointed, in 1876, to the chair of physiol- ogy and diseases of children, and in 1883 professor of the principles and practice of medicine; president of the Baltimore Medical Association, 1872- 73; of the CHnical Society of Mary- land, 1880-81, of the Medical and Chi- rurgical Faculty of Maryland, 1884- 85, and for many years he held the same office in the Faculty of the Col- lege of Physicians and Surgeons. With E. Lloyd Howard he edited the " Balti- more Medical Journal" in 1870-71. In 1873 he was the editor of the "Phy-