was the Surgeon of the 44th New York who, along with Dr. Shaw of the 20th Maine, helped save Chamberlain's life at Petersburg. Townsend
was detailed by special order to accompany Chamberlain's stretcher to City Point.
After returning Townsend would write an angry report, seen on page 2, stating that Dr. Hood, surgeon in charge of the
hospital ship Connecticut, pictured above, had kicked the two nurses he had left to care for Chamberlain, Isabella Fogg
and Joseph Linscott
off the ship. Linscott, a private from the 20th Maine, had a pass from General Meade, seen on page 4, to accompany the wounded Chamberlain.*
Chamberlain in his own account does not mention the removal of his nurses, but remembered Dr. Hood as being drunk saying he had,
"braced himself for his task a little too much, and came near going over backwards."1
In spite of this misconduct another surgeon strangely vouches for Hood saying that " Col. Chamberlain
reached Annapolis very comfortably, receiving every attention from the very competent Medical Officer placed in this department in Charge of the Hospital
Transport Connecticut. The volunteer female nurses were excluded under general instructions from this department which
sustains Asst Surg Hood in his refusal to admit such persons on his boat."
This excuse explains why Mrs Fogg was turned away, but declines to mention why Linscott was not allowed.
Fortunately for Chamberlain, the other Doctor on board turned out to be
one of his old students, Tom Moses.2