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Dr. Gale on deceased soldier, New Orleans, 1862

Dr. Gale on deceased soldier, New Orleans, 1862

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Maine Historical Society

Surgeons assigned to regiments often were blunt in their assessment of health issues. In the previous letter, Enoch Adams of the 14th Maine wrote, "There is not a man sleeping on the ground that has not a cough," as he urged bunks for soldiers.

Dr. George F. Gale, surgeon for the 8th Vermont, wrote in his brief report that a soldier "died last night in Hospital from starvation."

The climate in Louisiana, along with the conditions facing many troops, resulted in large numbers of death from disease.


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