surgeon and assistant surgeon for each regiment.
The men appointed were for the most part country physicians, many of them with little practice, who, on reaching the field, were, in some respects, as ignorant of their duties under the changed conditions as if they had not been educated to the practice of medicine; and the medical director
of the army found his hands more than full in attempting to get them to carry out his wishes.
So, to simplify his labors and also to increase the efficiency of his department, brigade hospitals were organized about the beginning of 1862, and by general orders from the war department brigade surgeons were appointed, with the rank of major, and assigned to the staffs of brigadier-generals.
These brigade surgeons had supervision of the surgeons of their brigades, and exercised this duty under the instructions of the medical director
The regimental hospitals in the field were sometimes tents, and sometimes dwellings or barns near camp.
It was partly to relieve these that brigade hospitals were established.
The latter were located near their brigade or division.
The hospital tent I have already described at some length.
I may add here that those in use for hospital purposes before the war were 24 feet long by 14 feet 6 inches wide, and 11 feet 6 inches high, but, owing to their great bulk and weight, and the difficulty of pitching them in windy weather, the size was reduced, in 1860, to 14 feet by 14 feet 6 inches, and 11 feet high in the centre, with the walls 4 feet 6 inches, and a “fly” 21 feet 6 inches by 14 feet. Each of these was designed to accommodate eight patients comfortably.
Army Regulations assigned three such tents to a regiment, together with one Sibley
and one Wedge or A tent.
tent I have likewise quite fully described.
I will only add here that, not having a “fly,” it was very hot in warm weather.
Then, on account of its centre pole and the absence of walls, it was quite contracted and inconvenient.
For these reasons it was little used for hospital purposes, and not used at all after the early part of the war.