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Christopher C. Hayes Transcript

City Point VA  Aug 2, 1864

His Excellency
Samuel Cony
Governor of Maine State Archives

Sir,

I herewith enclose a list of Maine men who have died in the 2nd Corps Hospital from June 20th to August 1, 1864.  You will percieve that most of them are marked from first Maine H Artillery. They were wounded in that fearful charge of June 15 (sic), 1864.  The hospital lists are not complete therefore cannot give you  a correct memo. of men who have been in hospital at this place.  I cannot say that I can furnish a list of the deaths in the 5, 6th and 9 Corps as an order has just been issued that no one be allowed to look over the records of the dead and no Surgeon is allowed to furnish a copy of the same. This emanates from the Surgeon General   I shall endeavor to obtain the names if possible.

The 31st and 32nd regiments were badly cut up on Saturday last  the 31st regiment reported only 15 for duty this morning “Aug 2” the col and most of the officers were taken prisoners. 32nd regiment now numbers 43 men. Col. Wentworth was wounded and has received a leave of Absence and will leave for Maine to-morrow   The men are moved from these Hospitals as fast as they transports can take then north: there are a great many sick in the 31st and 32 Maine regiments.

The hospitals are again crowded with the sick and wounded.  We are not able to do what I would like toward furnishing a list of the patients in the hospitals in fact it is not much use as men enter hospital today and on the morrow “they are gone”, as the Dr’s say.

As the mail is on the eve. of departure it will preclude me from writing at any further length.

Respectfully your Obt. Servant
C.C. Hayes