Wednesday, April 16, 2008

1864 :: Wm. T. Merrill Hospitalized on 48th Birthday

On this date in our family history . . . the 16th day of April . . . in the year 1864 . . . an ailing William Thurston Merrill from Saco, Maine -- on the occasion of his 48th birthday -- checks in at New Orleans Barracks, U.S. Hospital . . . he had participated in the Battle at Sabine Crossroads (08 Apr 1864) as well as in the Battle of Pleasant Hill (09 Apr 1864) where "the bulits flue Around my head like Hale Stones" . . .

A Report on Barracks and Hospitals
with Descriptions of Military Posts
By United States Dept. of the Army
Office of the Surgeon General
United States Surgeon-General's Office
John Shaw Billings
"urinals The hospital buildings and grounds are immediately adjacent to the post proper and occupy about the same space The buildings were erected in 1849 and are constructed of wood two stories high and arranged in the shape of a square open at the angles See Figure 21 In front and nearest the river is a fine garden handsomely and thickly shaded with magnolia cedar pine and other trees The buildings are in number and dimensions as follows viz Three 108 by 31 feet one 112 by 31 feet two 50 by 20 feet They are all at present in bad repair The first three mentioned are intended for wards the second for mess rooms quarters of nurses"

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