Jeremiah Yellott Dashiell, physician, teacher, soldier, and editor, the son of George and Ester (Handy) Dashiell, was born on September 23, 1804, in Baltimore, Maryland, where his father was the first rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He received his primary education in Newark, Delaware, and then studied medicine under his uncle, William Handy, of Baltimore. He received his M.D. degree at the University of Baltimore at the age of nineteen and then established a practice in Louisville, Kentucky, where he became a founder of and professor at Louisville Medical College. He later practiced medicine at Princeton, Mississippi, and subsequently moved to New Orleans. From there he was appointed one of the delegates to escort Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk to the Chalmette battleground for the thirtieth anniversary of the battle of New Orleans.
On July 2, 1846, at the outbreak of the Mexican War, President Polk appointed Dashiell a paymaster in the United States Army. He was promoted to the rank of major on March 2, 1849, and the following month he traveled to San Antonio as paymaster on the staff of Gen. William Jenkins Worth. He was dismissed from service on July 10, 1858. In September 1862 Dashiell was appointed colonel, assistant adjutant general, and inspector general of state troops on the staff of Governor Francis R. Lubbock. After the Civil War he became the editor of the San Antonio Herald. He held this position through the entire period of Reconstruction and is said to have done much for the cause of intersectional harmony. Dashiell first married a Miss Cottman. Upon her death he married Mildred Walker Hornsby of Kentucky, who died in October 1862. In 1866 he married Mrs. S. A. Ringold. Three daughters and three sons from these marriages grew to adulthood. Dashiell died on March 14, 1888. His papers are preserved at the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
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