From The Stockton Family: "He studied medicine and was appointed assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army, July 12, 1832; promoted major and surgeon, July 7, 1838, and brevet colonel, Nov. 29, 1864. He was with the mounted rangers in the Black Hawk War of 1833, served in the Creek and Seminole Wars in 1838-41, and was at the U.S. Military Academy from 1846 until 1848, when he was sent west and remained there until the beginning of the Civil War. He was medical director of the Army of the Tennessee from April to September, 1862, when he was ordered to New York City, where he filled a similar office. On March 13, 1865, he was breveted brigadier-general "for faithful and meritorious service during the war." He was promoted lieutenant-colonel and assistant medical purveyor. July 28, 1866, and retired Feb. 22, 1869."