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October 8, 1898

Camp Thomas and the Second Division Hospital—The First Army Corps.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):866-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450150052008

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Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 24, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In view of the great concern now being manifested with regard to our military hospital service, I feel that a short statement as to the real condition will not be amiss.Leaving Indianapolis as Surgeon of the One Hundred and Fifty-eighth, with Dr. H.I. Jones, First and Dr. Paul Barcus, Second Assistant-Surgeon, we reached Chickamauga, May 18, 1898. The country was slightly rolling, with an almost regular alternation of wooded and open land. Everywhere were evidences of a lime formation, with many vertical out croppings of the strata. In the necessary trenchings the soil was found to be a clay so impervious to water that collections in sinks, etc., would evaporate rather than seep away into the subsoil. Owing to the rocky formation at the depth of about seven feet, sinks were at that time a practical impossibility. On May 25 I

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