638 History of Wake Forest College
the practice of his profession. He was an able, progressive physician
and a frequent contributor to medical journals. He died June 6, 1886.
Another of more than ordinary ability and prominence was Thomas
Leach Banks of Wake County, who was at the College during the
years 1848 to 1851. During the War he was Examining Surgeon. He
also got his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, class of
1854. He made his home in Wake County, and in 1888 was elected to
the State Senate. Others of this period were Thomas Jackson Boykin,
1847-48, surgeon of the famous Twenty-sixth North Carolina
Regiment, and later head of the firm of Boykin, Cramer and
Company, of Baltimore, wholesale druggists; William Christopher
Council of Chatham County, who "went to Manasses in 61 to visit
wounded relatives and was never heard from afterwards;" William
George Freeman, of Norfolk, Virginia, a hospital surgeon in the War,
and afterward located in Murfreesboro ; and John Henry McAden of
Caswell County, 1851-53, who after a year at the University of North
Carolina went to the University of Pennsylvania and won his medical
degree. In the Civil War he was chief surgeon of Scales's Brigade.
Afterwards he made his home in Charlotte where he was prominent in
professional and business circles; Kimbrough Thompson, 1848-49, at
first a ministerial student, turned to medicine, took his degree at
Jefferson in 1855, and practiced his profession until 1863, when he
became an ordained minister. He was first in Kentucky, and Missouri,
but in 1866 returned to Surry County in his native state.
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