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Extract 1: Fort Monroe
Extract 2: Halifax

(All extracts taken from GB 0240 FA/67/3)

 

 

Extract 1: Fort Monroe

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[p 242]

HMS Galatea  Fort Monroe
2 February 1865

(Thursday)    Breakfasted at the Atlantic
Hotel Norfolk on coffee, mutton chops, eggs and
oysters. At 9. AM went over to the Naval
Hospital with the Surgeon of the Galatea
(Mr Wilson) and through the kindness of the
medical officers of the hospital were permitted
to see all the wounded seamen from Fort Fisher
about 370 in number. Professionally this visit
is invaluable, but I am sure there are few
medical officers who would not gladly succumb
to humanity and forfeit such a sight!
    Amongst the wretched inmates of the pretty Hospl
of Norfolk one could see every stage – even beginning
with the dead bodies of wounded men in the “deadhouse”
- some shot in the head – some through the chest and shoulders
- some through the abdomen – many – in fact the great
majority through the hip joints and legs.
    I observed a peculiarly interesting fact that nearly
all the balls that stuck below the line of the
“Umbilicus” took a most erratic course – some
cruising round the body; others after a cruise
round the body coming out at various intervals
between the hip and knee. The case of one officer
attracted my attention:- he received an Enfield
bullet wound which passed in a direct line
through both legs avoiding – bones – arteries, and, nerves.

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Extract 2: Halifax

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[p 273]

12 July 1865
[Halifax]

List of officers and men under treatment at
        the temporary Hospital Halifax
    Between the 17th of May & 12th of July 1865

Admitted
Names
Rating
Disposal
Date
Disease

May 17

James Sutton
AB
Duty
July 1
Acute Rheumatism
 
Wm Yeo
B.2C
Duty
June 5
Vertigo &c
 
John Sands
p.m.
Duty
June 8
Sloughing Ulcer
 
Edward Towell
B.1C
Duty
June 14
Syphilis 2dy
 
Richd Jacob
B.1C.

Left behind in charge of surgeon of Royalist

Syphilis 2dy
 
Charles Stephenson
2.Capt M’top
Duty
June 8
Sloughing Ulcer
19
Mr.A.B. Sheridan
Midshipman
To ship
July 12
Adinites
 
Henry Baker
Ord
Duty
July 12
Scrofula
30
Charles Malkin
Ord
Left in charge of surgeon of Royalist
Sloughing Ulcer

June 2

John Sandy
Ord
Duty
June 14
Orchitis
 
Saml Roote
p.m.A
Duty
June 23
Rheumatism
7
M.S. Cure
Boatswain

Left behind in charge of surgeon of Royalist

Perineal abscess
8
John Scantleberry
L’ Seaman
Duty
June 28
Wound of head
 
Wm Gundry
Ord
Duty
July 5
Excorn [illegible]
12
Stephen Lewis
L’ Seaman

}Left behind in charge of surgeon of Royalist

Orchitis &c &c
17
James Rideaux
Bandsman
Phthisis
 
Henry Furniss
B 1stC.
To ship
July 12
Ulcer
23
James Roe
Stoker
To ship
July 12
Ulcer
 
Thomas Herbert
B 1stC.
To ship
July 12
Cynanche
24
George Smith
Painter
Duty
July 4
Rheumatism
25
Wm Kimber
pm
Duty
June 30
Febris simp

July 5

Wm Tizzard
AB
To ship
July 12
Ulcer
 
Joseph Spicer
Ship’s tailor
Left in charge of Royalist
Acute Bronchitis

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