this morning, have not yet arrived.’
On the fourth day of April, Surgeon-General Dale
made a report to the Governor
, in which he submitted a plan of forwarding the sick and wounded men of the Massachusetts
regiments, which would obviate much of the confusion and delay heretofore experienced.
He says that Colonel Howe
had leased in New York a large, commodious, and well-ventilated store, on Broadway
, for the accommodation of the returning sick and wounded, and that Dr. Satterlee
, the army purveyor stationed there, had provided them with one hundred and fifty iron bedsteads, with bed-sacks, blankets, sheets, and pillow-cases.
He would also furnish medicines, dressings, and every thing necessary for the comfort of the sick and wounded in this temporary building.
, U. S. A., would furnish subsistence, and Colonel Tompkins
, United-States Quartermaster, would furnish transportation.
Nothing is wanted of the State
, except an ambulance wagon.
writes, April 6, ‘The store is nearly ready.
Every thing is in it but baths and cooking ranges, and those I am at work on day and night, and am ready to take in and care for the wounded soldiers from any
Plenty of money, heaps of hearts ready and determined.
I have got all the United States
officials with us, and as many of the surgeons as we want.
The community is with us, and we feel sure that we have the Almighty with us.’
About the middle of March, General McClellan
began his movement against Richmond
, by a change of base from before Washington
to the James River
It was not until the middle of April that the Army of the Potomac was ready to advance.
was captured April 26; and the battle of Williamsburg
was fought May 5, in which Hooker
's brigade bore a conspicuous part, and the Massachusetts
First and Eleventh Regiments suffered severely.
From that time until the retreat of McClellan
, in August, the Army of the Potomac stood with its face towards the rebel capital, every foot of its onward march contested by the rebels, and almost every mile of its advance a battle-field.
Many of the Massachusetts
dead were embalmed, and sent home to their relatives for burial by the graves of their kindred.