Henderson County, Kentucky Veteran

Nathaniel A. Kitchell

Nathaniel A. KITCHELL was born at Lewisburg, Muhlenburg County, Kentucky on the 21st day of June 1835.

In April 1860, he began the practice of his profession with Dr. Rufus LINTHICUM, of Henderson County, and continued with him to the fall of 1861, when, led by all his sympathies to side with the people of the south, he entered the Confederate army and went to war.

He enlisted with Col. Adam JOHNSON and was with that distinguished commander in most of his engagements with the enemy, notably the terrible battle near Owensboro.

He was with MORGAN in his Indiana and Ohio raid in the summer of 1863, and was captured in Ohio. After his capture, the Doctor was sent a prisoner to Fort Delaware, where he was confined until the 17th day of the following November, when he and other physicians of MORGAN'S command were sent to City Point, on James River, Virginia, and there exchanged for an equal number of Federal surgeons. Upon reaching Richmond, Dr. KITCHELL was detailed by the Surgeon General to take charge of the Federal sick in Hospital No. 21. During the winter he availed himself of the opportunity offered, attended the Richmond Medical College, and was awarded a Confederate diploma.

In March 1864, he rejoined the remnant of his command, but was soon after taken sick, and in may, his health being so much impaired, he returned to Kentucky and again commenced the practice of his profession at Robards Station, Henderson County, Kentucky.

On the 19th day of June 1884, the doctor married Miss Frances Ellen TRIPLETT of Henderson County, and a son, N. A. KITCHELL, Jr., born July 18th 1885 is the issue of this union.

History of Henderson County, Kentucky by E. L. Starling, Pages 670 - 671

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