William McAfee HANNA was born September 25th 1837 in Shelby County, Kentucky. His father, John S. HANNA, was a farmer by pursuit and a man of note in his county. His mother was Miss Jane KING, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Dr. HANNA received a fine collegiate education, having graduated with honor at Centre College, Danville, in 1858. He began the study of medicine under Dr. A. S. FREDERICK, at Shelbyville, entered the medical department of University at Louisville, and received the degree of M.D. from that institution in 1862.
A short time subsequent, he located in Henderson and began the practice of medicine, but the alluring charms of war were too much for him to withstand. Being endowed of a spirited, bold and fearless nature and of warm Southern blood, he soon entered the army and served both as a soldier and in the medical department, until the close of the war, participating in many of the great battles.
He served under Col. Adam Rankin JOHNSON until his capture in November. When exchanged in December following, he was assigned to Col. Basil DUKE'S regiment, MORGAN'S brigade, as Assistant Surgeon and accompanied that distinguished cavalryman in most of his adventurous raids.
In the fall of 1865, at the close of the war, he returned to Henderson and resumed the duties of his profession.
History of Henderson County, Kentucky by E. L. STARLING, Pages 653
Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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