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Neal Dow Personal Requirements Transcript

Nov. 7, 1861

To the Governor
Dear Sir –

Your note of the 6th is rec’d. The place of hospital steward is provided for a graduate of Bowdoin College Student of Medicine – S. A. Evans – highly recommended to me by two Med. Professors of Maine Medical School.

I must have some one for Secretary, capable of that – who can also be my body servant to keep up my tent and baggage, camp furniture &c &c – and to keep my horse in the field, as I shall not into battle unmounted, unless circumstances require it. If I can make my pay meet my simple expenses I shall be pleasantly disappointed – so I am already arranging to economize as much as comfort and proper views to health will permit.

If there is anything in relation to my surgeon I am glad you indicate it. He was very highly recommended to me.

Dr. Garcelon says Adams of Litchfield and Bates of N. Yarmouth passed the most satisfactory examinations of any of the present candidates.

If Dr. Bell of Augusta is well qualified as a surgeon as I am told he is – being a man of education and capacity, and having seen the Vienna hospitals, I should like him as one of the medical men of the 13th.  He practices homeopathically – and I believe in that – nature has some kind of a chance with that school!  But he must be a good surgeon as well.

I wrote you in regard to you in regard to young Farley.

I feel much interest in relation to my Marquee – I need it to be sufficiently spacious to accommodate the circle that will be likely to be at my quarters. To whom shall I write?

Truly yours,
Neal Dow