Report of S.W. Gross
Surgeon, U.S. Volunteers,
amd Medical Director District of Florida, USA
concerning Union wounded and dead.

Jacksonville, Fla., March 21, 1864.

Brig. Gen. T. SEYMOUR,

U.S. Army:

GENERAL: Since I have been at this post I have had conversation with various medical officers in regard to the late action at Olustee, and am fully convinced that the number of men actually rendered unserviceable has been greatly exaggerated. The wounds were generally very slight and many men left the field who should have remained. Only two capital operations were required, and it is probable that not four more cases were proper subjects for operation. About 100 men were returned to duty within ten days from the general hospital at this post, and one-third of the number of wounded should be able to join their regiments within thirty days, and the majority of the remainder within sixty days.

The arrangements in regard to the wounded were good; over 200 were at once transferred to the Cosmopolitan, and the remainder were comfortably cared for in buildings in Jacksonville and sent as rapidly as possible to Hilton Head and Beaufort and to their regiments as they recovered.

This communication is made to you unofficially, as I thought you would be interested in these facts.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Surg., U.S. Vols., and Medical Director Dist. of Fla.

Copied from The Official Records of the War of Rebellion.

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