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Adjutant and Inspector General Reports

1864 Report

Hospital Arrangements

The soldiers in the field, who become sick, or disabled, in the service of the country, are entitled to and have received, during the year, special attention and care. The system, which was in operations during the previous year, and which was explained in detail in my last Annual Report, has been continued during the present year, and, with the aid of increased hospital accommodations in the State and enlarged experience on the part of the Agents of the State, who are charged with the duty of its administration, has resulted in securing for the soldiers wounded in the recent campaign, exceeding in number all previous experience, all the care and comfort which has been practicable, and a speedy transmittal to their native State.

There are now three Hospitals in the State, -- The Unites States' General Hospital, at Brattleboro', with a capacity of 898 beds, -- The Sloan U. S. General Hospital, at Montpelier, with a capacity of 496 beds, and the Baxter U. S. General Hospital, at Burlington, with a capacity of 250 beds: - Total, 1639 beds.

Under the present admirable ambulance system, the wounded soldiers are collected with care and rapidity from the battle-field, and, as soon as possible, are forwarded to the several Hospitals in and around Washington. There they come under the cognizance of Frank F. Holbrook, the excellent and zealous Commissioner from this State, who is stationed at Washington, and who devotes his entire time, diligently and faithfully, to the obtaining the names, company, regiment, and residence of all Vermont soldiers, procuring orders for their transfer to Vermont, and making all necessary arrangements for their comfort on the journey. He also visits frequently the Hospitals at city Point, Baltimore, Frederick City, and other places, where Vermont soldiers are to be found, and collects and sends home all that will bear transportation. When they arrive in the State, they are, if practicable, sent to that Hospital which is nearest their place of residence, and where their friends can most readily have access to them. When this has not been done, it was because such Hospital was filled with patients to the extent of its capacity.

The severity of the campaign has rendered Mr. Holbrook's labors unusually arduous during the summer. Great numbers of wounded Vermont soldiers have been sent from the field, and have been collected by him and forwarded to the State in numbers and with a degree of rapidity for which he is entitled to great credit. From October 10th, 1863, to September 10th, 1864, there have been 2551 Vermont soldiers received at the three Hospitals in the State, -- and over 600 soldiers from other States have also been received and accommodated at the same Hospitals. The very full and frequent lists of Vermont soldiers in Hospital at Washington and forwarded thence to Vermont, transmitted to me by Mr. Holbrook, have been of great value in enabling prompt answers to be given from this office to the numerous inquiries of anxious friends. I annex, in Appendix C, the annual Report of Mr. Holbrook.

The Vermont soldiers transmitted from the battle-field to the various Hospitals in and around Philadelphia, -- numbering in all during the year, about 750, -- have received the careful attention of Robert R. Corson, Esq., the State Military Agent at that place. He has been untiring in his efforts to promoted their comfort and facilitate their transfer to the State, and has made frequent visits to the Hospitals at Baltimore, Annapolis and elsewhere. The paroled prisoners, released from southern prisons, and arrived at Annapolis, have been special objects of his attention. I annex in Appendix C the Annual Report of Mr. Corson.

At New York the Vermont soldiers in Hospital and those who pass through the City on their way to the State, fall under the watchful care of Col. Frank E. Howe, the State Military Agent at that place. Great credit is due to him for the manner in which he has organized the means of relief for all soldiers, who require it. No Annual Report has been received from him; but I annex his Report for the quarter ending July 1, 1864, which has been forwarded to this office.

Of 2,429 patients in the U. S. Gen. Hospital at Brattleboro', during the year, 1,157 have been returned to duty; and 487 now remain in Hospital. The Sloan Hospital, at Montpelier, was opened on the 18th of June. Since that time 850 patients have been received, -- of whom 156 have been returned to duty, and 458 now remain. In the Baxter Hospital, at Burlington, 933 have been received, including 78 remaining in Hospital Sept. 30, 1863; 439 have been returned to duty, and 319 now remain. More detailed information in regard to these Hospitals will be found in the Report of the Acting Surgeon General of the State.

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