Brother John's Visit to Annapolis

Learning that his brother's condition was worse, Chamberlain's brother John wrote to Adjutant General Hodsdon for help in getting a pass to travel to Annapolis. A week after arriving John sent this update to the Hodsdon. (The letter was written on the 22nd which was a Friday, he states he arrived the Saturday before, which was the 16th)

The crisis mentioned was most likely the rupturing of an abscess that cause a considerable part of Chamberlain's urethra and surrounding tissue to slough away creating a fistula or opening from his bladder out to the skin. See 1883 sickness and surgery.