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.