Surgeon Thompson to Gen. Shepley, Point Lookout, MD, 1863Item 76531 info
Maine Historical Society
Sometimes, Shepley's correspondents reported back to him that they had been promoted. This was especially true of officers Shepley had served with in the 12th Maine Infantry Regiment.
Surgeon James H. Thompson of the 12th Maine wrote about his promotion to Surgeon of Volunteers and his assignment at the Point Lookout, Maryland, prisoner of war camp, where he was chief medical officer.
Thompson wrote that the camp held "only" 8,000 prisoners -- 1,000 having recently been exchanged for Union soldiers being held prisoner.