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of superior material, he forgets to recognize that it must have been also well officered. Nothing is more deceptive among military statistics than the mere number of killed in battle; this may proceed from the superior daring of a commander or simply from his carelessness and incapacity; but a small death-roll from disease is pretty sure to be due to the care of the commander and the surgeons. The high character of the Massachusetts surgeons was generally recognized, from the days of Dr. Luther V. Bell onward; and many instances of their self-devotion have been recorded in these pages. See Walcott's 21st Mass. Vols., p. 153, for testimony to this fact; and Cook's 12th Mass., p. 151, for the death of a surgeon on the field. It was found easier, however, to secure the aid of first-class surgeons at the beginning of the war than at the end; and it was latterly necessary to introduce into the service a good many of what were called contract surgeons, who did not perhaps come quite up