several weeks, and assisted in preparing the convalescents for transportation to New England
On the seventh day of March, one hundred and twenty-five sick and wounded soldiers were placed on board a steam transport, by order of General Burnside
; and Dr. Hitchcock
was placed in charge of them, with full power to provide for their wants, and procure transportation to their several homes.
They reached Baltimore
on the evening of the 9th of March.
On arriving at New York, the wounded soldiers were welcomed by Colonel Frank E. Howe
, our Massachusetts
agent, and amply supplied with whatever was necessary for their wants.
men, seventy-one in number, were at once forwarded by rail, and reached their homes or hospitals before the thirteenth day of March.
At the New-York and New-Haven depot
, in New-York City, a cruel and unjustifiable detention occurred in the embarkation of these wounded men, which elicited some very sharp criticisms in the loyal papers of that day, and in letters of Dr. Hitchcock
and Colonel Frank E. Howe
to Governor Andrew
writes to the Governor
, from New York, March 11, ‘Received telegram from Dr. Hitchcock
at two o'clock at night, got up immediately, did all I could for him and his poor men. Dr. Hitchcock
is a remarkable man
. It was very rough for him and all his men. I have spent a good many dollars to-day.’
Also telegraphs the Governor
the same day, ‘Dr. Hitchcock
leaves with his men in halfpast-three-o'clock train.
They will need litters, carriages, and refreshments.’
During the month of March, a large number of other sick and wounded soldiers were forwarded by General Burnside
. March 25, Colonel Howe
telegraphs to the Governor
, ‘One hundred wounded men from Burnside
this morning, mostly Massachusetts
men. Shall take good care of them.’
Same day, he writes to the Governor
, ‘Dr. Upham
has just arrived, with thirty Massachusetts
, Lieutenant Nichols
, Lieutenant Sargent
, Sergeant Perkins
, and others.
We shall get them off to-morrow morning by the eight-o'clock train.
A hundred and fifty men, who left Baltimore