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    Samuel H. Stout Draft of Regulations for the Relief Society in Atlanta. Four pages, 7.5" x 11.5", No place; circa 1863-1864. Stout writes out a draft of eight regulations to send to the Relief Society in Atlanta, Georgia. He begins with, "As requested by you I send you the following memoranda, which may be of some assistance to the members of the Tennessee soldiers' Relief Society in perfecting their plans for practical usefulness after a battle, and in administering to the relief of destitute soldiers." Stout goes on to provide advice and suggestions regarding choosing committee members, achieving proper lines of communication between the front lines, hospitals, and surgeons, and what supplies should be provided to those on the front lines. He specifically states that those within the committee should in no way be "curiosity seekers" or "trophy hunters".

    He ends the memoranda with one last suggestion, writing: "Allow me to suggest to you that in addition to the attention usually bestowed upon the private soldier (whose claims for assistance are of course first in the estimation of every one) that some effort be made to supply line officers, whose pay does not at present support them, with an opportunity to procure clothing at lower rates, than those now demanded of them. To accomplish this desirable end, a portion of your capital might be invested in cloth, boots, shoes & underclothing, to be retailed to officers at [illegible] cost, or presented to them, if destitute of means." It is marked up throughout with sentences that Stout crossed out in black ink.

    Samuel H. Stout (1822-1903) was a surgeon in the U.S. Navy during the American-Mexican War, and at the outset of the Civil War, he became a cavalry major in the Confederate Army. However, he soon left the cavalry and served as a surgeon in the Third Tennessee Infantry. In 1862, he moved to Chattanooga and was put in charge of the Army of Tennessee's hospitals. By 1864, his responsibilities had expanded to oversee approximately sixty hospitals throughout Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. After the war, he moved to Dallas and co-founded the Medical Department at the University of Dallas.

    Condition: Flattened folds, with toning throughout and mild foxing. There is chipping and small tears at the top and bottom edges, with minor paper loss. There are tape strips along the top edge of all pages.


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