DR. JAMES FRANCIS FERGUSON, founder of the widely known sanitarium "Falkirk," was born in New York
City October to, 1839, and died at his home near Central Valley, Orange County, N. Y., January 6, 1904. He graduated
from the medical department of the University of New York in 1861 and from Bellevue Medical College in 1862.
Dr. Ferguson served with the Second New York Militia during the Civil War. At Blackburn's Ford, at the first battle
of Bull Run, he was wounded and taken to Libby Prison, but was later released on parole through the efforts of
his mother. As major and surgeon of the 165th New York Volunteers (Second Duryea Zouayes), he was again mustered
into the service September 9, 1862, served with General Ranks in Louisiana, was present at the battle of Pine Stores,
and at the siege of Port Hudson was in charge of a field hospital. He was afterward provost surgeon in New Orleans
and served in the campaigns in the Teche country, and was discharged at Franklin, La., in 1864. Hem was brevetted
lieutenant colonel of New York Volunteers.
The professional appointments of Dr. Ferguson were as follows: Attending surgeon, Bellevue, 1870-1871; visiting
surgeon to Blackwell's Island Hospital, 1872-1892; visiting physician to the Hospital for Nervous Diseases, 1886-1892,
and consulting physician of the Charity (now City) Hospital, from 1892 to the time of his death.
Dr. Ferguson was a member of the Bellevue Hospital Alumni, the Medical Society of the County of New York, the New
York Academy of Medicine, New York Neurological Society, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Army and Navy
Club, Lotus Club, Kane Lodge, No. 454, F. & A. M., Jerusalem Chapter, No. 8, R. A. M., Coeur de Lion Commandery,
No. 23, K. T., and a thirty third degree Scottish Rite Mason.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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