Title: A History of the Forty Forth Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War 1861 - 1865
Publisher: R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company, Chicago
Date Published: 1911
Author: Eugene Arus Nash
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 44th New York, Forty Forth New York, Gettysburg, Little Round Top, Big Round Top, Civil War, battle, Ellsworth Regiment, James Clay Rice
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Doctor Morris Townsend

In the history of the 44th New York page 201, Eugene Nash remembers Doctor Morris W. Townsend attempts to save Chamberlain's life after he was wounded at Petersburg. Doctor Townsend and Doctor Abner Shaw of the 20th Maine were from Chamberlain's old Third Brigade. Townsend was possibly already at the Division hospital when Chamberlain was brought in. Shaw is usually described as being brought in by Chamberlain's brother Tom. Though Townsend out ranked Shaw, Chamberlain ultimately credits Doctor Shaw for saving his life. Remembering Townsend throwing up his hands in defeat and Doctor Shaw begging to continue.
    Townsend was however, the Surgeon detailed by General Meade to accompany Chamberlain's stretcher on the long walk from Petersburg to the hospital steamer waiting at City Point.1 Townsend would write an angry report on the Doctor in charge of the ship after returning from the detail. See Medical Records

Doctor Townsend originally enlisted as surgeon of the 47th NY, he switched regiments, for unknown reasons, and joined the 44th NY November 28, 1862.2 When Chamberlain was given the 3rd Brigade after Gettysburg, Townsend, as the ranking Doctor, would tend to Chamberlain when he suffered from Malarial Fever. Nov. 15, 1863. He recommended a surgeon go with an unconscious Chamberlain in a cattle car to the hospital in Washington, and possibly went himself.3 Townsend and the 44th New York were mustered out when their three years ended on October 11, 1864.
1 Smith, Diane. Chamberlain at Petersburg pg 73
2 New York Rosters
3 Nesbitt, Mark. Through Blood and Fire pg 115.