Monday, April 11, 2016

May 1, 1862, Hospital Ships

Tripler, Charles S., Surg., Army of the Potomac, Peninsular Campaign, Va.:

On May 1st, Mr. Olmsted, the secretary of one association, had a boat, the "Daniel Webster, No 1" in his possession; a steamer on which he could carry two hundred and fifty patients. At his request, I procured the "Ocean Queen", a steam of the larger class of seagoing ships, and turned her over to him. He agreed to fit her up in forty-eight hours after getting possession of her. It took rather longer than that, however, and then she carried but three-fifths of the number she should have carried.

Reprinted in "Civil War Medicine: Care & Comfort of the Wounded" by Robert E. Denney


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