At Annapolis Naval School Hospital
The Chaplain recounts the battle of Petersburg, most likely from conversations with Chamberlain,
he however incorrectly calls Warren, 'Gen. Warner' and the old First Corps, 'The old Fifth Corps'.
(For more info on this chaplain see The Crutch
In this account we see a transcript of a telegram from Grant. (For more on this see Sewall visits Chamberlain
This article has apparently not been referenced previously by Chamberlain historians, as
Surgeon Palmer of the 4th Maine has not been mentioned as visiting Chamberlain.
He was a Bowdoin alum several years before Chamberlain was a student or a teacher at the college.
See History of Bowdoin
. Another bit of new information,
Chamberlain's attendant's name is given as Doctor Longeneck. In the hospital newspaper The Crutch
this doctor is listed as J. H. Longenecker Act. Ass't Surg. This could possibly be the man that Chamberlain refers to as "Welsh 'Tommy'"
when he says,
Mary Clark... "interested Dr. Vanderkieft in my case, & he sent Welsh ' Tommy' to serve me."
If it is the same man, the nickname is baffling.
Here the chaplain optimistically reports that the surgeons expect Chamberlain's recovery, however when
Charles Gilmore visited Chamberlain only a few days later brining the Senate confirmation of his promotion
he would write to the Governor, "His wound is a very severe one and a very dangerous one, the surgeons are by no means certain of
saving his life... it is feared that ulcers will form in the Abdomen & terminate his life."1
Many years later a newspaper would write, "For two months afterward he lay at Annapolis at the point of death,
only his wife, the Assistant Surgeon, and himself having faith to believe that he would recover."2
Possibly this is referring to Dr. Longeneck[er].
Chamberlain would write, "For two months wrestling at the gates of death, in agonies inexpressible,
though direfully enough betokened, convulsions, death-chills, lashings, despairing surgeons, waiting embalmers -
'rejected addresses' - and all this under the eyes of the dear, suffering wife, who had taken up her dwelling in the adjoining tent."3