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BERRY, Abraham J., physician, born in New York city in 1899 ; died in Williamsburg(now Brooklyn), 22 bet., 1865. He was educated as a physician, and at an early age obtained prominence in his profession. At the time of the desolation of New York by Asiatic cholera in 1832, he was among the few that remained at the post of duty. He labored night and day, and his courage and zeal resulted in many expressions of respect and admiration from all classes, as well as a public acknowledgment by the city authorities. For more than a century a considerable part of Williamsburg had belonged to his family. He identified himself with the interests of the place when it was made a City, and became its first mayor. He also assisted very materially in the establishment of the important ferries connecting with New York. In 1861 Dr. Berry, although over sixty years of age, went out as surgeon of the 38th New York infantry. When General McClellan retreated to Harrison's Landing in July 1862, Dr. Berry had more than 300 patients in his care near White House; but in the confusion incident to the moving of the army he and they were forgotten. When he found that the army had departed, he performed the Herculean task of carrying the sick and convalescent safely through to the James river, and when he reached it the additions of sick and wounded had swelled his train to more than 800. His death was the result of fever contracted at that period.
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