This material is reproduced with the permission of Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine. I respectfully ask that in citing this material that it is mentioned that I was the first to uncover these documents. Or that my website is listed as the source. Not ever cited by a historian before I happened upon these documents on accident while searching for the catheter mentioned in the Medical and Surgical History of the War.
Medical Records

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Morris Townsend 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
*The pass reads "Warren" but the name is possibly written overtop of another.
1 The Charge at Fort Hell pg 18.
2 ibid.
For more info on Dr. Tom Moses see History of Bowdoin
A summary of the information in these documents was published in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion in 1876. The catheter appears to have been lost by the museum before the turn of the 20th Century when it was loaned to a Doctor who did not return it.