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Dr. Manson on condition of Civil War camps, New York, 1862

Contributed by Maine State Archives

Dr. John Colby Manson (1831-1885), a graduate of the University College of New York, wrote to Gov. Israel Washburn Jr. on August 15, 1862 that he was pleased to accept the position of surgeon for the area of Somerset County, "comprising Pittsfield, Canaan, Hartland, St. Albans, Palymra & Detroit with as much more as you please to add."

On October 16, 1862 he mustered into the 24th Maine Regiment at Augusta with a number of other Pittsfield residents. This regiment left Maine for New York City on October 29, 1862.

While at Camp Pierrepont in East New York (now Brooklyn), Dr. Manson wrote to Governor Washburn of the deplorable camp conditions and of his concern for the health of the men, since he was responsible for their medical needs. Three weeks later Manson was honorably discharged for medical reasons.


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  • Title: Dr. Manson on condition of Civil War camps, New York, 1862
  • Creator: Manson, John Colby
  • Creation Date: 1862-11-02
  • Subject Date: 1862-11-02
  • Local Name: East New York
  • Town: Brooklyn
  • County: Kings
  • State: NY
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 24.3 cm x 19.3 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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