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William Van Buren United States Sanitary Commission correspondence

Title
William Van Buren United States Sanitary Commission correspondence, 1861-1878.
Author
Van Buren, W. H. (William Holme), 1819-1883.

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Description
.25 linear foot (1 box)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Letters (correspondence)
Access (note)
  • Advance notice required. Apply at <http://www.nypl.org/mssref>
Source (note)
  • Donated by Museum of the City of New York, 2015.
Provenance (note)
  • The Museum of the City of New York received this collection from the grandson of Dr. William H. Van Buren.
Call Number
MssCol 23350
OCLC
944442637
Author
Van Buren, W. H. (William Holme), 1819-1883.
Title
William Van Buren United States Sanitary Commission correspondence, 1861-1878.
Restricted Access
Advance notice required. Apply at <http://www.nypl.org/mssref>
Summary
Dr. William H. Van Buren was a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC), as well as its Medical Committee. Other members of the executive committee included Henry W. Bellows, C. R. Agnew, Wolcott Gibbs, Frederick Law Olmsted, and George T. Strong. This collection of correspondence consists 103 items, most of which are letters sent to Van Buren by other members of the executive committee and by the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office. Some of Van Buren's outgoing letters are present. The correspondence includes discussion of the appointment of William A. Hammond as the U.S. Army Surgeon General, and subsequent tensions between Hammond and the Secretary of War, Edwin McMasters Stanton. Other subjects in the correspondence include the USSC's floating hospital, the Euterpe; hospital inspections; and requests for nurses, dressers, surgeons, and other medical personnel. The collection includes a "list of wounded for the engagement of October 21, 1861" (the Battle of Ball's Bluff), and a form recording wounds and injuries of John Smith of the 79th New York regiment, illustrated with figure drawings.
Provenance
The Museum of the City of New York received this collection from the grandson of Dr. William H. Van Buren.
Source
Donated by Museum of the City of New York, 2015.
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MssCol 23350
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