He Lived to Bear His Title

This story is certainly very imaginative. It was printed alongside a series of articles describing the 1897 GAR reunion in Buffalo, NY. It is unclear what doctor they are speaking of, though it is most likely Morris Townsend. Doctor Robert A. Everett who served with the 16th Michigan Infantry as surgeon was the first doctor to examine Chamberlain, he would probe the wound and remove the ball declaring the case hopeless. Everett died soon after this publication on October 20, 1897 in Michigan.1
    Doctor Morris Townsend was from New York, he served with the 44th New York and is credited with saving Chamberlain's life in his regiment's history.2 The location where Townsend lived appears to fit with the one described in this article, however his age does not match, he would have been around 69 or 70 by the time of this article.3 Doctor Abner Shaw of the 20th Maine is the Doctor Chamberlain gives most credit to describing Townsend as wanting to give up but Shaw begging to continue.4
    Townsend would come to be buried in the town of Bergan in the County of Genesee, it lies next to the boarder of Orleans County as described in this article. The local Genesee history relates an interesting tale about Townsend that occurred in 1897, the townsfolk had set up a cannon in the cemetery to act as a memorial to the Civil War soldier, "Soon afterwards, Dr. Morris Townsend came to the cemetery one night and jammed the gun so it couldn't be fired, as he was afraid that the veterans would blow themselves up if an attempt was made to fire it."5