Dr. Henry Buckingham Horlbeck

Dr. Henry Buckingham Horlbeck

July 15th, 1839 – August 2nd, 1901


Son of Elias Buckingham Horlbeck (January 6th, 1804 Charleston – December, 12th, 1881 Charleston) and Harriet Porcher Chisholm.



He was educated at the Classical School of Prof. August Sachtleben (1824 Braunschweig, Germany - January 11th, 1900 Charleston, SC). In 1856, under the direction of his father, Dr. Elias Horlbeck, he began the study of medicine.


He was gratuated March 15th, 1859 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Horlbeck was house surgeon to the Roper Hospital, from April 1859, to April 1860. The he visited London and Paris, attending the lectures of Velneau, Trousseau, Chassaiguac and Ricord.

He was appointed surgeon in the First Regiment of South Carolina Infantry at the beginning of the Civil War and served until the end of the war. He was in actice service during Bombardement of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, at Battery Wagner, James Island and at the battles of Averysboro and Bentonville.

For many years (1881 – 1901) he was health officer of the Charleston port and did much toward perfecting the quarantine service for the protection of the southern ports against yellow fever.

He was vice-president of the American Public Health Association, 1890-1891, and was a member of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Henry Buckingham Horlbeck was the author of many valuable contributions to medical journals and issued annual reports from the Charleston Health Department since 1880.

Henry Buckingham Horlbeck died August 2nd, 1901 at his home in Charleston.