Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Col. Gardner Tufts” in chapter 1 of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments.:

...aths, the whole being made up largely from the affidavits of returning comrades. The precise authorship of these books is now unknown, but they were probably compiled under the general direction of Col. Gardner Tufts , State Relief Agent at Washington, who was in the habit of sending out men to meet returned prisoners and to obtain information as to those left behind. This information was necessarily hearsay evi...
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