History of the United States Sanitary Commission: Being the General Report of Its Work During the War of the Rebellion

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Hurd and Houghton, 1868 - Hospitals - 537 pages
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Plan of organization
Dr Van Buren
Appointment of Frederick Law OlmstedTheory of the relations
Organization of the System of InspectionInspection of Camps near
Reform in the Discipline of the Army
Six permanent Inspectors appointed
Ambulance Regiment
Difficulty in securing Government action
Evils resulting from the inadequacy of the Bureau
Obstacles to its due consideration
Interview of Dr Van Buren with the Secretary of War
Transportation of the wounded in steamers
Hospital transports in charge of State Agents
Relations with Government officers while performing this service
Plan approved by the QuartermasterGeneral
Organization of the Supply Department
Objections to Volunteer and supplemental aid considered
Action of the Associate Membors in different parts of the country
Canvassing AgentsSanitary Reporter and Sanitary Bulletin
Other services of Associate Members
Contribution of one hundred thousand dollars from California
General sketch of California
Thomas Starr King
California Branch of the Commission Visit of Dr Bellows
Moans resorted to to stimulate public interest
OregonWashington Territory
How it differed from other systems of Army Relief
Opinion of the Generals concerning the relief Work
Discipline of the Field Relief Corps
Delegation sent to Washington 46
Independent transportation for Medical Supplies
Peculiar advantages of this form of Relief

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Page 531 - The Medical Bureau would, in my judgment, derive important and useful aid from the counsels and well-directed efforts of an intelligent and scientific commission, to be styled "A Commission of Inquiry and Advice in respect of the Sanitary Interests of the United States Forces...
Page 54 - ... that a mixed Commission of civilians distinguished for their philanthropic experience and acquaintance with sanitary matters, of medical men, and of military officers, be appointed by the Government, who shall be charged with the duty of investigating the best means of methodizing and reducing to practical service the already active but undirected benevolence of the people toward the Army ; who shall consider the general subject of the prevention of sickness and suffering among the troops, and...
Page 532 - States forces, it was directed especially to inquire into the principles and practices connected with the inspection of recruits and enlisted men ; the sanitary condition of the volunteers...
Page 63 - It was directed, especially, to inquire into the principles and practices connected with the inspection of recruits and enlisted men ; the sanitary condition of the volunteers ; to the means of preserving and restoring the health and of securing the general comfort and efficiency of troops ; to the proper provision of cooks, nurses, and hospitals, and to other subjects of like nature.
Page 535 - Bureau, and make sure, by inspection, urgency, and explanation, by influence, and all proper methods, of their actual accomplishment. 3. A Sub-Committee in direct relation with the State governments, and with the public associations of benevolence. First, to secure uniformity of plans, and then proportion and harmony of action; and finally, abundance of supplies in moneys and goods, for such extra purposes as the laws do not and cannot provide for.
Page 528 - It must be well known to the Department of War that several such commissions followed the Crimean and Indian wars. The civilization and humanity of the age and of the American people demand that such a Commission should precede our second War of Independence — more sacred than the first. We wish to prevent the evils that England and France could only investigate and deplore.
Page 293 - Seventh. To see that all men who are discharged and paid off do at once leave the city for their homes ; or, in cases where they have been induced by evil companions to remain behind, to endeavor to rescue them, and see them started with through-tickets to their own towns.
Page 384 - ... with straw for the wounded to lie on, and broken open at either end to let in the air. A Government surgeon was always present to attend to the careful lifting of the soldiers from ambulance to car. Many of the men could get along very nicely, holding one foot up, and taking great jumps on their crutches. The latter were a great comfort ; we had a nice supply at the Lodge ; and they travelled up and down from the tents to the cars daily. Only occasionally did we dare let a pair go on with some...
Page 532 - WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, June 9, 1861 \ The Secretary of War has learned, with great satisfaction, that at the instance and in pursuance of the suggestion of the Medical Bureau, in a communication to this office, dated May 22, 1861, Henry W. Bellows, DD, Prof. AD Bache, LL.
Page 293 - To keep a watchful eye upon all soldiers who are out of hospitals, yet not in service ; and give information to the proper authorities of such soldiers as seem endeavoring to avoid duty, or to desert from the ranks.

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