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Similar reports for North and South Carolina hospitals are found in the Department of the Gulf records. James, St. Louis, and University general hospitals. These working drafts of monthly abstracts of daily returns are completed with statistical data regarding the number of sick and wounded gained or lost from a single hospital for each day over the course of a month.

Some data entered on these drafts is also found on the monthly abstracts of daily returns below. Forms consist of the column headings from a morning report form which is glued to a longer sheet able to contain a maximum of 31 entries, one entry for each day of a month. Data entered represents daily totals, though not all days within a month are used.

All drafts are arranged by department. Drafts for hospitals in the Middle Department are arranged by district or city name and no particular order within. Drafts for hospitals in the Department of Washington are arranged by month and no particular order within. These printed forms, entitled "Abstract of daily returns respecting the sick and wounded in the general military hospitals of the United States", are completed with statistical data for each day of a month, at a single hospital.

Column headings present are: date, hospital, district, medical officer, remaining under treatment at last daily report, number of admissions since last daily report, aggregate of sick remaining at last report and of cases admitted since, cases sent from hospital or otherwise discharged from treatment since last daily report, remaining under treatment, aggregate of discharged since last report and of sick still remaining, discrepancies, number of furloughed absent, number of beds, constant sick or mean remaining under treatment at the present and at the last report, and complete cases treated or mean of received for and discharged from treatment since last report.

Abstracts show inconsistent use of the district column, which may be filled with a city, geographic location or locale, or hospital name. Not listed on the forms is the regional military department with which each hospital is associated, though abstracts were originally grouped by these departments and this arrangement has been retained.

Departments are arranged geographically in compliance with the geographic arrangement used throughout the Statistical Bureau's work. Within a department, abstracts are arranged alphabetically by district or locale, thereunder chronologically by month, and in no particular order within, unless otherwise stated. Some abstracts have location, hospital name, and date but are not completed with statistical data. These incomplete abstracts remain in chronological order by month within their district.

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Baltimore abstracts for are arranged by hospital name in numerical and then alphabetical order, and thereunder chronologically by month. Districts of "Columbia" and "Washington, DC" contain many of the same hospitals, suggesting these two districts merged or are the same district with a change of name.

Records for each district are arranged separately. Within the district of Columbia are abstracts for hospitals at Fairfax and Alexandria. These abstracts may use "Va. Includes three abstract summaries presenting monthly totals for Jan-Mar, as well as two abstract summaries for January and March presenting monthly averages for all hospitals within the district.

These abstracts are arranged by hospital name in numerical and then alphabetical order, and thereunder chronologically by month. These forms are completed with statistical data regarding the number of sick and wounded gained or lost from a single hospital. Data entered represents a year by listing monthly totals for all months within the year ending for the period specified. Forms and the data contained within relate to the monthly abstracts of daily returns above, though unique statistical categories and analysis exist on each.

Data is entered under the column headings: number of admissions, cases sent from hospital or otherwise discharged from treatment, reported under treatment on last day of month, aggregate reported under treatment on last day of preceding month and admitted during the month equal to aggregate discharged during the month and remaining at the end, complete cases treated or mean of admitted and discharged, aggregate of days treatment, number returned to duty per of the average number under treatment, and number of deaths per of the average number under treatment.

Data relates to the monthly abstracts of daily returns above. All abstracts are arranged by department and are in no particular order within. Not all hospitals have data for every month. Tabular report with general observations on the condition of hospitals and patients following the battle of Antietam. Tabular report for the general hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee for the month of April, undated; report dated March 7, for U. General Hospital at Frederick, Maryland. US Army tabular report forms containing loss and gain data for general hospitals in the vicinities of Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky; and Western Kentucky.

Reports present data both by week for all hospitals in the vicinity and consolidated data for individual hospitals. Materials supporting E. Elliott's work at the Bureau are often identified as covering a fifteen month period in two segments: the nine months starting June up to and including February , and the next six months up to and including August Data for June February was analyzed by E. Elliott and summarized in Sanitary Commission Document No. Aside from any interim work done by T. Gould's direction, beginning in late See Minutes of the U.

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Sanitary Commission for October 28, Washington, D. Regimental returns are on printed forms one sheet entitled "Strength with monthly gain and loss.

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Brief reports of the operations of the Sanitary Commission in Tennessee, May, 1862

The dates spans are those of the data originally collected. Work on data for this time period was completed under B. Gould's direction, from late into the post-war period, using federal and state adjutant general records. A few returns date to February, Returns are by state and roughly follow the Statistical Bureau's North to South to West geographical arrangement.

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The Bureau numbered the individual sheets consecutively across all states, with the exception of Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri. Supplementary returns are filed with the appropriate state.


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Within each state, returns are transcribed by military unit type most commonly in the order of infantry, cavalry, artillery, battery, and other [i. Within each military unit type, regiments appear in numerical order above monthly column headings for each of that regiment's existing monthly returns. Return questions are listed as row headings and data from the regimental returns is entered into the table accordingly.

Not all military unit types can be found within every state and the actual order of military units within each state may vary. Tabulated monthly regimental returns are on the same printed forms as the regimental returns above and also reflect the same geographic arrangement. Within each state, tabulated returns are arranged by military unit type most commonly in the order of infantry, cavalry, artillery, battery, other e.

Within each military unit type, sheets are for a single month, arranged in chronological order. For each month, some spanning multiple sheets, regiments are listed in numerical order as column headings and questions are listed as row headings. Data from the regimental returns is entered into the table accordingly.

Not all military unit types can be found within every state, and the actual order of military units within each state may vary. Loss and gain data from regimental returns tabulated by several combinations of the variables: months, seasons, states, geographic regions New England states, Middle states, Western states , regiments, or armies of the East, West, or Potomac. Abstract tables present totals from original regimental returns; all other tables present totals, averages, and ratios. Original bundle wrappers with any additional pertinent information are retained with the materials.

Second edition's contents are noted on cover as "1. Summary: by months and by seasons, 2. By individual states and months, 3. By sections of Union, for the whole 9 months. Taken from the original returns, each sheet gives a summary of the responses for one branch of a state's military infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The total responses are given for each month and for each regiment within that branch.

An unnumbered sheet for Ohio artillery follows sheet Taken from the summaries above, each sheet is a summary of responses to a single question on the returns. The title of each sheet refers to the question being summarized; not all questions are summarized. A summary shows the total responses to that question for each state military branch infantry, cavalry, artillery and for each month. Each summary shows the total strength of the volunteer army by month, and is broken down by states within each month.

Summaries display strength by totaling the number of regiments in service, the number of regiments missing, and an estimated strength for each state. Sheets are in chronological order. Summaries for months Aug Dec are numbered , the others are unnumbered.

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Data for June and July not present. Summaries and diagrams present four distinct groups of documents pertaining to statistical studies of sickness and mortality within variables including corps or military department, season, geographic location, soldier rank, or military campaign.

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These four groups are Abstracts and deductions, Summaries of diseases and casualties along with supporting documents , and Diagrams of sickness and mortality, and Tables of sickness and mortality. Date spans represent the period for which data was collected.