An Honorary Society for the Preservation of Southern Heritage

Bishop Quintard

Physician, Episcopal Bishop, Founding University President, and Civil War Confederate Army Officer. After his war-time service, he rebuilt, and opened, the University of the South. Raised in Connecticut by his Huguenot family, Quintard received his M.D. from the University Medical College, New York University, in 1847. After practicing for a year in Athens, Georgia, he moved to Tennessee to become a professor at Memphis Medical College. Coming under the influence of Bishop James Otey, he studied for the Episcopal ministry (while continuing his medical practice), and was ordained a priest on January 6, 1856. Quintard was to serve as rector of the Church of the Advent, Nashville, until after the Civil War. With the secession of Tennessee, Quintard joined the First Tennessee Infantry Regiment, as a chaplain, in May, 1861.

During the conflict, he was to serve as both minister (he provided religious instruction to General Bragg), and surgeon. With the end of hostilities, he resumed his pastorate in Nashville, until his consecration as Bishop of Tennessee on October 11, 1865. He was to hold that office until his death, greatly expanding the ministry of the Church, especially to newly-freed slaves. During the 1850s, Leonidas Polk had founded, with Bishop Otey’s help, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; Otey died in 1863, Polk was killed in 1864, and war completely destroyed the school. The Right Reverend Quintard set about becoming the “second founder”; he served as the first Vice-Chancellor (the chief operating official) from February 14, 1867 until July 12, 1872, and oversaw construction, and the admission of the first students in 1868. During his tenure, he travelled extensively in America and England raising money. Dr. Quintard had kept a diary of his Civil War experiences from a position close to the centers of power in the Army of Tennessee; this was published in 1905, edited by Reverend Arthur Noll, and remains in print.