all for troops (April 23) the Secretary of War issued a proclamation, announcing the fact of the acceptance of Miss Dix's services, and on May 1, Surgeon-General Wood cheerfully and thankfully recognized the ability and energy of Miss Dix, and requested all women who offered their services as nurses to report to her.
On June 9 the Secretary of War issued an order appointing Henry W. Bellows, D. D., Prof. Alexander D. Bache, Prof. Jeffries Wyman, M. D., William H. Van Buren, M. D., Surg.-Gen. R. C. Wood, U. S. A., Gen. George W. Cullum, of General Scott's staff, and Alexander Shiras, of the United States army, in conjunction with such others as might associate with them, a commission of inquiry and advice in respect of the sanitary interests of the United States forces.
The surgeon-general issued a circular announcing the creation of this commission.
On June 12 a board of managers was organized, with Dr. Bellows at its head.
He submitted a plan of organization, which was adopted,