Throughout these letters, Allen makes frequent reference to someone named Asahel. This was Asahel Hawley Heath (1823-1899). Allen had other siblings but these two seemed particularly close, their births separated by less than two years. Like Allen, Asahel was also a medical doctor. His name appears in the literature quite often though he appears to … More Allen’s Smith Heath’s Brother
According to a passport application submitted in October 1890 when Dr. Heath was 69 years old, he stood 5 ft 6½ inches tall. His hair had turned grey by then but we learn that he had a square forehead, blue eyes, and wore a mustache and beard. He gave his birthdate as 10 May 1821 … More What did Allen Smith Heath look like?
These letters were written by Acting Assistant Surgeon Allen Smith Heath (1821-1910), from aboard the U. S. Steamer Daylight after she was commissioned (7 June 1861) and sent up the James River in Virginia. The Daylight was attached to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and was the flagship engaged in the reduction of Fort Macon, … More Dr. Allen Smith Heath