Dr. Henry A. Goodale, Assistant Surgeon

21st Michigan Vol Inf

An account of Dr. Goodale's service during the war.

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Dr. Goodale's biography:

Dr. Goodale was born in Berkshire, N. Y., October 8, 1823, and is the son of Chester and Sarah (Johnson) Goodale. In 1863 Governor Blair commissioned him Assistant Surgeon of the Twenty-first Michigan Infantry, which he joined at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and with which he remained until the battle of Chickamauga. During that engagement he was captured by the Confederate troops, and for three months he was confined in Libby Prison, Upon being released he rejoined his regiment at Chattanooga, and accompanied them on the memorable march to the sea. At Goldsboro, N. C., the twenty-first joined General Schofeld's army, and went to Raleigh, for the purpose of flanking General Johnston, but while there received the news of the surrender of Lee's army. Dr. Goodale was commissioned Surgeon of the veteran Eleventh Michigan Infantry, his commission being signed by Governor Carpo, of Michigan. He was ordered to report at Knoxville, Tenn., and there and at Cleveland he had his headquarters until he was mustered out of the service, in September 1865.

After the War Dr. Goodale owned a Drug store in Bay City and practiced medicine. In 1869 he embarked in the drug business in East Tawas (a branch of his Bay City business). In addition to the drug business and medicine, Dr. Goodale owned a farm six miles from East Tawas.

Dr. Goodale married Miss Mary Buell of N. Y. who died in Genesee, Mich., leaving one child. Dr. Goodale's second wife, Mary A. Davis was a native of Vermont. They had two children.

For many years, Dr. Goodale served as United States Pension Examiner.

Dr. Goodale and other 21st Michigan officer on Lookout mountain.

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