Gov. Cony letter about hospital conditions, Augusta, 1864
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Governor Samuel Cony wrote to Benjamin H. Hinds, the agent of the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in October 1864 asking him to inform the "proper department" about the conditions at Point Lookout Hospital and the treatment of Maine soldiers there.
Cony wrote that he had seen men in hospitals "whose only clothing was a cotton shirt & drawers no shoes or stockings." He added that "if such things are tolerated in our Hospital they may occur in another -- such a state of affairs should not be allowed to exist at all."
He suggested that the soldiers might be transferred to a different facility.
Point Lookout Hospital in Maryland housed soldiers who had been injured at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.
- Title: Gov. Cony letter about hospital conditions, Augusta, 1864
- Creator: Cony, Samuel
- Creation Date: 1864-10-25
- Town: Augusta, New Orleans, New York, Pensacola, Ridge
- State: FL, LA, MD, ME, NY
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 24.5 cm x 19.6 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
- Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
- Object Type: Text
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LC Subject Headings
United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 17th (1861-1865). Company E
Maine--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
Cony, Samuel, 1811-1870--Correspondence
United States Sanitary Commission
Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
Medical aspects of war
Health care facilities--Maryland--Ridge
Military leaves and furloughs
Clothing & dress