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August 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):236-238. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080030006

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  Your editorial in The Journal of Aug. 6, entitled "The Surgeons at Homestead" is misleading and calculated to cast censure upon worthy men, engaged in the discharge of a most unpleasant duty.The punishment inflicted upon Private Wm. L. lams, Co. K. 16th Reg., for shouting "Three Cheers for the man who shot Frick" was not greater than the offense merited. All, good, law-abiding citizens who are conversant with the facts, and with the lawless spirit which pervaded the community at Homestead, at the time of the strike, and the danger of this same spirit extending to the soldiers, acknowledge the truth of the above statement. And the fact that Lieut. Col. Streator was last night unanimously, re-elected Lieutenant-Colonel of his regiment proves that this is also the opinion of his brother officers.Private Iams had proven himself, on

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