Adjutant and Inspector General Reports
U. S. Army General Hospital
Burlington, Vt., Oct. 1, 1863
His Excellency, Governor Frederick Holbrook
The past year has been of great interest to us, in whatever affects the soldier. This Hospital, the the establishment of which you took so much interest, has furnished a home for the sick and wounded solider, where nothing has been wanted, which a liberal government and a generous people could furnish, to promote his comfort and improve his condition. At the last annual report, there were, of sick and wounded soldiers from the First Vermont Brigade,
Remaining in Hospital 26 Admitted since Oct. 1, 1862 413 ----- 439 Returned to duty 305 Discharged 31 Transferred to other Hospitals 5 Died 5 Deserted 15 Remaining in Hospital 78 ----- 439
Several of the deserted have voluntarily returned, and have been sent to their regiments.
A large proportion of the patients admitted to this hospital, during the past year, were those suffering from chronic diseases and slowly recovering wounds. The effects of change of climate, diet, and their removal from crowded hospitals and large towns to this place, have been such as to afford the most satisfactory proof of the correctness of your opinion as to the advantages to be gained by the change.
I am happy to acknowledge my obligations to your Excellency for the important service you have rendered sick and wounded soldiers, and your constant readiness to do all in your power to promote their comfort, and improve their condition.I am, Sir, very respectfully, your Excellency's most obedient servant, SAMUEL W. THAYER, Jr.