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William Riddick WhiteheadRoster ID 446
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1851|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Riddick Whitehead, Class of 1851: Genealogy: Born- Dec. 15, 1831 in Suffolk, Va. Father- Col. William Boykin Whitehead; Mother- Emeline F. Riddick. Married Feb. 10, 1831. Pat. Grandfather- William Whitehead; Pat. Grandmother- Mary Ann Boykin. Mat. Grandfather- Dempsey Riddick; Mat. Grandmother- unknown. Married- Elizabeth Benton (his cousin) from New York. Married in Albemarle Co. Va. Children- 1- Charles Whitehead; 2- Florence Whitehead who married Major Alair (first name unknown). VMI Record: Entered VMI- Dec. 27, 1847; Graduated July 4, 1851 standing 26th in a class of 29. Also attended University of Va. 1851-52 and University of Pa. 1853. Studied Medicine in Paris, France. Military Record: Served as Surgeon with Russian Army in the Crimean War. In American Civil War was 1st Lieut. in Provisional Army of Va. in May 25, 1861, but his unit was never organized; Appointed Surgeon of 44th Va. July 4, 1861; Assistant Division Surgeon Nov. 1862; In May 1863 was attending Surgeon in the ambulance that removed the wounded Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from field at Chancellorsville; captured July 4, 1863 with wounded at Gettysburg; Held at Fort McHenry, Md.; Escaped Aug. 23, 1863. Careers: Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College before the Civil War; Doctor in New York, NY after the War; moved to Denver, Co. in 1872; on City Council mid-1870's; Taught medicine at the University of Denver; Chairman of Medicine and Surgery at University of Colorado Med. School 1883-85. Died- Oct. 13, 1902 in Denver, Co.|