Adjutant and Inspector General Reports
XXXII. REPORT OF COL. FRANK E. HOWE, MILITARY AGENT FOR VERMONT, AT THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
New England Soldier's Relief Association, No. 194, Broadway,Adjutant General Washburn, Woodstock, Vt.,
New York, September, 9th, 1865.
General:--In looking over the records of this Agency for the past year, I take pleasure in presenting the following figures, which have, in part, formed the material for its operations a month Vermont soldiers. Each returning year has opened new channels of labor and relief, until what was at first simple care and provision for our passing regiments, has grown into the varied details of soldiers' relief, viz.: visitation upon the sick at hospitals; complete registration of them; dispensation of aid; communication with relatives; search for missing ones; interment; transportation of bodies, and the other innumerable forms which daily present themselves for our care and attention.
A most fortunate fact connected with this agency, has been its location at the rooms of the New England Soldier's Relief Association, whose door have always been open to receive the sick, wounded and enfeebled,--affording all that tender nursing and careful ministration which the aiding of hands and sympathetic hearts of its patrons could give. To those who have rendered aid to this "mid-way Home" of our soldiers, in its work of love and mercy, enabling it adequately to provide the necessary sustenance and proper ministrations to their wants, I tender, in their behalf, my sincere thanks. When the records of this fierce struggle shall be written, (as they can only be partially,) and the sum of its humanities shall be estimated, great as it will appear, there will be but one exclamation from every loyal breast: How little have I been able to contribute to the maintenance and success of a cause so fraught with blessings to us, not only, but to the world!
RECAPITULATION OF THE OPERATIONS OF THIS AGENCY, FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1864, TO SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1865.
Number of Vermont soldiers who have been admitted to U. S. General Hospitals in New York and vicinity, and who have been visited, registered and aided, either directly or indirectly, by this agency, 1,016
Number of Vermont soldiers who have been under the care of this agency, at the New England Soldier's Relief Association, during the past year, who have been there lodged, provided for and generally aided.
1,011 Number of regiments received en route for State rendezvous, 14 Number of men cared and provided for, 5,662
Total number of Vermont soldiers who have been visited, registered and aided in General Hospitals, who have been lodged and generally provided for at the rooms of the New England Soldier's Relief Association, and who have been received and cared for in returning regiments by this agency during the past year,
The foregoing is entirely distinct from a large number of miscellaneous calls for help, which come to us in every form.
Is is with feelings of heartfelt pride I congratulate you, and the State you represent, for the bright and enduring record the soldiers of the Green Mountain State have made upon the battle-fields of the rebellion, by their bravery, endurance and heroism, and for the admirable system and unceasing care which has characterized the action of the State, in watching over the interests of her troops. May the bitter experience, and fearful sacrifices, which have devolved upon us in the maintenance of our nationality and struggle for principle, be more than recompensed in this new ear of peace which has dawned upon us, because founded on truer principles, and a deeper appreciation of our blessings.
I have thus given you a concise statement of the workings of this agency, during the past year, and which has formed the basis for constant and unceasing labor.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FRANK E. HOWE.
Military Agent Vermont.