BATTLE, Samuel Westray, P. A. Surgeon, U.S. Navy, Asheville, N.C., son of William Smith and Mary Elizabeth (Dancy) Battle, grandson of James Smith Battle, was born August 4, 1854, in Nash county, N.C. After a preparatory course in the Bellevue (Va.) High school, he matriculated the in the University of Virginia, Medical Department, Charlottesville, taking the full course, and was graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York city, in 1875.
Dr. Battle was physician to the Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled, New York, in 1875; was commissioned assistant surgeon, U.S. Navy, 1875; passed assistant surgeon, 1878; was placed on the retired list, 1884, on account of injuries received in the line of duty, and since 1885 has been in the civil practice of medicine at Asheville.
Dr. Battle is a member of the American Medical Association; American Public Health Association; Association of Military Surgeons United States; North Carolina Medical Society; Buncombe County (N.C.) Medical Society; of the state board of health of North Carolina since 1892; has been major and assistant surgeon-general of the state of North Carolina since 1892; chief of staff of the Mission Hospital at Asheville, N.C., 1886-'94; also a member Zeta Psi Greek letter society of the University of Virginia; of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; president of the Cosmopolitan Club, 1893; and of the Swannanoa Country Club in 1895.
While not a specialist Dr. Battle devotes his attention largely to diseases of the respiratory organs.
Married, in 1880. Miss Alice Maude, daughter of Admiral George E. Belknap, U.S.N. Their three living children are: Madelon Belknap, S. Westray, Jr., and Belknap Battle.