The soldiers from this State, who have become sick, or disabled, in the service have received the same careful attention during the year, and upon the same general system, as during the previous years. Col. Frank F. Holbrook, Military Commissioner for Vermont at Washington, has been specially employed in gathering together and forward to the several hospitals in Vermont the sick and wounded Vermont soldiers in the hospitals in and around Washington. His returns to this office have been frequent and full, have contained all the information which could be procured in reference to each man named, and have been of great value. His duties have been arduous and have been promptly and faithfully performed, as stated more in detail in my previous Annual Reports.
The detail report of Col. Holbrook, showing the nature and amount of the various service rendered by him, and the practical results, is published in Appendix C.
Robert R. Corson, Esq., Military Agent for the State at Philadelphia, has given special attention to the promotion of the comfort and welfare of the soldiers from this State,--at times very considerable in number,--in the various hospitals in and about that city,--ascertaining the name, residence, regiment, company, hospital, ward, bed, and disease of each man, together with the full particulars of each case, as far as they could be learned, and supplying them, when needed, with stationery, postage stamps, tobacco, and other little matters required by soldiers suffering in hospitals and deprived of the kind attentions of relatives and friends at home. His returns to this office have been full and frequent, embracing all the information, relative to Vermont soldiers, which could be obtained from the men, from the Hospital Records, and form the Medical Director. He has also visited frequently the Parole Camp at Annapolis, Md., and contributed, so far as was possible, to the alleviation of the horrible sufferings of men returned from rebel prisons. His attention to the duties of his position has been unremitting, and his services have been of great value, both to the State and to the soldiers from the State. He reports, that the State of Vermont, in making arrangements for the transfer of her sick and wounded soldiers to the hospitals in their native State where they could have the exhilarating benefits of our pure and bracing mountain air, and be reached and ministered to by those they loved, and in carrying these arrangements into full effect, has acted more promptly and efficiently than any other of her sister commonwealths, and has thus been enabled to return to the Government a much larger percentage of convalescent and well men, than would have been the case, had they been left in distant hospitals to receive those attentions, which, with so vast a number to share them, can be bestowed but sparingly on individuals. Previous to the effecting of these arrangements, it was a frequent complaint, by commanding officers of regiments, that when once their men had entered United States General Hospitals they never obtained them, and frequently never heard from them again. As the result of the system, (which will be found described in detail in my Annual Report for the year 1863,) and the effective co-operation of the Military Agents of the State at Washington, Philadelphia and New York, and the able manner in which the Surgeons in charge of the Hospitals in Vermont have performed their duties, my Report show, that, of all patients received in the three Hospitals in the State nearly seventy five per cent. have been returned to duty.
The final Report of Mr. Corson is published in Appendix C. It presents a summary of the duties performed by him during the continuance of his agency, and is so full and interesting, that it deserves to be carefully read by all who feel any interest in the history of the soldiers from Vermont.
Col. Frank E. Howe, Military Agent for the State at New York, has contributed by every means in his power to the comfort of the men from this State, and especially the returning regiments, passing through that city, and to the sick and disabled soldiers in the several hospitals in the vicinity. His duties have extended to the visitation of the sick at Hospitals, their complete registration, the dispensation of aid, communication with relatives, search for missing soldiers, interment, transportation of bodies, and the other innumerable forms of necessity, which have presented themselves almost daily for care and attention. I annex the Report of Col. Howe in Appendix C. It shows, that during the year 1016 Vermont soldiers have been admitted to hospitals in and around New York,--that 1011 Vermont soldiers have been under the care of the Agency, at the Rooms of the New England Soldiers' Relief Association, who have been lodged, provided for and generally aided, and that 14 returning regiments and detachments, numbering 5662 men, have been received and provided for,--making a total of 7689 men, who have come under the care of the Agency.
The following statement shows the number of patients admitted to the several United States General Hospitals located within this State, and the number returned to duty, so far as reports have been made to this office:
Hospital. Admitted. Returned to Duty. Brattleboro' 1258 826 Burlington 702 481 Montpelier 926 619 Total, 2886 1916
The reports from the Hospital at Brattleboro' are complete from Sept. 30, 1864, to July 31, 1865. No report has been received from the Hospital at Burlington since April 30, 1865. Reports have been received from the Hospital at Montpelier from Sept. 30, 1864, to July 31, 1865, except for the months of April and May, 1865, for which no reports have been received. I am under obligation to Dr. J. E. Semple, Assistant Surgeon U. S. A., in charge of the U. S. Hospital at Brattleboro', Dr. Henry Janes, Surgeon U. S. Vols., in charge of the U. S. Hospital at Montpelier, and Dr. Samuel W. Thayer, Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Vol.s, in charge of the U. S. Hospital at Burlington, for various and important information communicated to me during the year, and for the Monthly Returns, which have enabled me to keep my records full, and to correct many errors, in respect to State pay, and other matters, which would otherwise unavoidable have occurred.
The Hospital at Burlington has been closed and the patients transferred to the other Hospitals in the State. The Hospital at Brattleboro' has been ordered to be closed. On the twenty-sixth of August, 1865, there were but eight men remaining in that Hospital. The Hospital at Montpelier is still continued. In August, 1865, there were forty-six patients remaining in the Hospital; and twenty soldiers of the Veteran Reserve Corps, transferred from Vermont Regiments, were stationed at the post, performing guard and other duty.
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