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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Pennsylvania. (search)
to the efforts of private charity. The labors of this commission embraced—first, the condition of the material, clothing, etc., of the volunteers; second, their diet and the preventive measures to be taken against sickness; third, the manner in which the hospitals, ambulances, and medical stores were organized; or, in a few words, what assistance sick men received. After some hesitation the Secretary of War, on recommendation of the surgeon-general, approved this project, and on the 9th of June, 1861, appointed the commission, which shortly after took the name, thenceforth celebrated, of the United States Sanitary Commission. The latter had scarcely been constituted when it addressed its first appeal to the public, calling for all well-disposed persons to co-operate in its labors, and suggesting the formation of committees for the purpose of collecting contributions in money and in supplies. It addressed itself more particularly to life-insurance companies, as being directly int