medical supplies for the Sixth Regiment; and I continued, under the direction of the Governor
, to perform, conjointly with Dr. Lyman
, such duties as were incidental to a medical bureau, until the 13th of June, 1861, when I was commissioned Surgeon-General
, with the rank of colonel.’
Thus early in the war, steps were taken to form a military medical department for the State
, which was of great value and importance during the whole of the war, reflecting honor upon the Commonwealth
and upon the distinguished gentleman who was placed at its head.
Many of the first physicians of the Commonwealth
volunteered to give their professional services to the families of the soldiers, free of charge.
A meeting of the Boston Bar
was held, at which it was voted to take charge of all cases of other attorneys while absent in the war, and that liberal provision be made for their families.
Many applications were made by clergymen to go out as chaplains, to take care of the sick and wounded, and protect the physical, moral, and religious welfare of the soldiers.
Conspicuous among these was Rev. Mr. Cudworth
, pastor of the Unitarian Church in East Boston
On Sunday, April 21, he preached a sermon on the crisis, in which he said he had already offered his services to the Governor
He hoped his society would furnish at least one company to defend the flag.
In case his services as chaplain were not accepted, he should devote his year's salary to the common cause; and he announced that the sexton and organist would do the same.
He advised that the money raised by the parish to build a new church should be appropriated to the families of the soldiers, and that they should worship in the old house until the war was over.
He recommended the ladies of the parish to form a society to make under-clothing for the soldiers.
He showed a handsome necklace, which a lady had given him to be sold for the benefit of the soldiers' families.
On this occasion, the pulpit was draped with the American
, soon after, was commissioned chaplain of the First Massachusetts three-years Regiment, and left with it for the front on the 15th of June, and continued in the service, and the regiment, until the 28th of May, 1864.
During the week, and particularly after the Sixth Regiment