The book extracts here have been provided to me by Mr. Howard Bock, a member of the Delaware Genealogical Society, and I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for giving me permission to include this on the website.  I've copied his booklet as he has written it.

 


The above is a copy of the outside page or cover of the Civil War Sick Report for
Company "E," 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers for
January through June of 1863. 
It reads:

Sick Report 1863
D. E. Buckingham
(the above information was written in ink)
4th Del. V.
(It appears the above, in blue pencil, was written at a much later day)

 

 

SICK REPORT 1863
Company "E", 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers

The following is a summary of the information extracted from the Civil War Sick Report, of Company "E", 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers.   [Mr. Bock] I obtained the Civil War relic from Norman T. and Dorothy E. Dempsey of Corner Ketch, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware in June of 1997.  The Sick Report has been presented to the Historical Society of Delaware for inclusion in their Civil War collection.

The Sick Report was recorded on a sheaf of 6 by 16 inch paper.  The sheets were folded and bound to produce a 6 by 8 inch pad.  When received, the report had been folded to a 4 by 6 inch size and tucked inside (but not attached to) a 5 by 7 inch hard back cover.  The cover was basically a paper product, colored dark brown, with a leather-like appearance and included a side loop which served as a pencil holder.  The cover was imprinted with the phrase "Hasty Lines" in gold.  It appears the Sick Report may have initially had a cover but most likely it was not this "Hasty Lines" cover.  More information concerning the "Hasty Lines" cover follows as Appendix III.

The outer surface of the Sick Report, as it now exists, is no more than half of a tattered and torn page of the report.  (A copy of that page precedes this summation.)  Written on that outer page with pen and ink is "Sick Report 1863, 'D.' E. Buckingham."  Time has taken its toll on the initial of Buckingham's first name.  The remaining pen strokes were not sufficient to make an absolute determination that it is the letter "D".  My initial reaction upon seeing the name Buckingham, was to assume that it referred to Richard G. Buckingham, who was the First Sergeant of Company E.  It seemed appropriate that the First Sergeant might be responsible for maintain the Sick Report.  However, after further investigation and examination, it was determined the name was probably that of First Lieutenant David E. Buckingham who also served in Company E.  The strong, well preserved "E" which preceded "Buckingham" was an initial determining factor.  Additionally, in October 1997, I [Mr. Bock] was examining a pension application involving Private Andrew B. Morrison who died in 1864 while serving with Company E in Virginia.  That pension application included an 1880 affidavit provided by David E. Buckingham.  The signature on that affidavit erased any doubt:  It was a precise match of the signature on the cover of the Sick Report.  Beneath Buckingham's inked signature on the badly worn outer page was "4th Del. V." written in blue pencil.  It appears this entry was made at a later time than the "Sick Report 1863" entry and the signature of David E. Buckingham.  At the Bottom of the cover page is an "Official stamp (see below).

The stamp indicates the Sick Report was in Washington D.C. on Jan 27, 1883.  Possibly the Report was being used by the Record and Pension Division to verify the service of the veterans of Company E relative to pension applications.  S.G.O. may well refer to the Surgeon Generals Office.

The individual pages of the Sick Report were organized into four columns.  On pages 1 through 7 are neatly inscribed vertical lines indicating the columns.  Although the four column format is maintained throughout the Report, there are no inscribed vertical lines after page 7.  Throughout the report, a full or partial line was entered horizontally, from the left side of the page, to separate the last entry of one day's report from the first entry of the following day's report.  Today, 134 years after the data was entered, most of the information is quite legible.  Unfortunately, some entries were lightly written, or have faded so much over time that they are barely discernable.

The first entry in the Sick Report was made on 10 January 1863.  At that time Company "E" was located at Camp Vermont, near Hunting Creek, about 4 miles south of Arlington, Virginia.  The Company had been camped there since late 1862

Column 1 of the Report frequently contains an indication  of the date and/or month preceding the name of the first soldier on "Sick Call" that day.  Normally the soldiers family name was preceded by the initial(s) of his given name(s).  However, in some instances, the family name is preceded by the soldier's complete first name.  Company "E" was raised from the men of Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, DE.  Many of the family names of the soldiers of Company "E" are still very evident in the Mill Creek Hundred and Newark area today.  Every name which appears in the Sick Report, except for minor variations in spelling or juxtaposition or omission of initials, corresponds with the roster of Company "E", 5th Regiment which appears in the Appendix, "History of Delaware 1609-1888." Volume 1, by J. Thomas Scharf, A.M., LL.D.  Variations in name spelling between the Sick Report and Scharf's "History of Delaware" are noted in Appendix I of this document.

Column 2 contains a record of the soldier's ailment(s).  In some instances the ailments do not appear to be medical terminology which is presently used.  Spelling also creates some interpretation problems.  For example, there are five different spellings of "diarrhea," none of which is the currently accepted spelling, in the report.  A list of ailments which appear to be spelled incorrectly, not currently used or open to interpretation are included in Appendix II of this document.

Column 3 Contains a determination of the soldier's duty status (duty, light duty, excused, etc) based on his ailment.  In some instances there are no entries in this column.

Column 4 was bland in many instances.  When there were entries they consisted of the initials DSH or, infrequently, what appeared to be a single initial H, S or L.  Not every duty status entry was initialed; when there were initials there was only one notation for each day's record.  DSH does not match the initials of any member of Company "E," 5th Regiment, DIV.  However the Surgeon for the entire 4th Regiment was one Major D. S. Hopkins.  It would seem appropriate that he would be responsible for making duty determinations in column 3 and authenticating the Report by entering his initial(s) in column 4..

Columns 1 and 2 appeared to have been maintained by the same person on any given day.  It appears maintaining the Sick Report was primarily the responsibility of Lieutenant David E. Buckingham.. However, there were days when the handwriting and the spelling of some words vary.  It appears someone other than Lt. Buckingham completed Columns 1 and 2 of the Report on those days.  Very likely another officer, or non-commissioned officer,  was designated to complete the report when Lt. Buckingham's duties required that he be elsewhere.  Likewise Columns 3 and 4 were recorded in a different hand on some days.  Possible Lieutenant Linton Smith, the other member of the 4th Regiment's Surgeon Staff, assumed the responsibility when Major Hopkins was not available. It seems likely the initials DSH or H would appear in column 4 when Major Hopkins was "making the rounds" and L or S on those days when Lt. Smith acted in his behalf.  Lt. Bucking ham and Maj. Hopkins, or their replacements, may have made their rounds together.  It is also feasible that Buckingham, or his replacement, may have made the rounds on his own then presented the report to the Surgeon, or his replacement, for completion of columns 3 or 4.

In May 1863 Company "E", accompanying the entire 4th Regiment under the Command of General E. D. Keys, marched out of their winter quarters at Camp Vermont.  They made feinting moves toward Richmond, Virginia.  Then, sometime in June 1863, they set up camp near Chickahominy, Virginia.  This increased activity, in particular the marching, seems to be reflected on the pages of the Sick Report.  From the first entry in the Report on 10 Jan 1863 until mid-May 1863, while the unit was encamped, foot problems were only mentioned twice as ailments.  However, in the period between mid-May and 9 June 1863, there were 15 foot problems recorded.  The Sick Report appears to reflect the same increased activity for Company "E" as the history books - Marching!  The last entry in the Sick Report is dated 10 June 1863.

In 1992, at the age of 84, Mrs. Edna Eastburn, the widow of Oliver Eastburn III, was preparing to leave her home in Corner Ketch to enter Friends Boarding Home.  The Eastburns and the Dempseys were good friends and were very active in the Corner Ketch's Harmony Grange.  At that time Mrs. Eastburn passed her Harmony Grange papers and records on to the Dempseys.  Unknown to any of the parties at the time, the Company "E" Sick Report was among those Grange papers.  Edna Eastburn then moved to Alaska in 1993.

In 1997, an attempt was made to determine where the Sick Report had been from 1863 until the Dempseys received it in 1992.  I wrote to Mrs. Eastburn in Alaska.  Mrs. Eastburn, now 88, wrote that she was not aware the historical relic was among the papters she gave to Mr. Dempsey.  She does not recall ever seeing the Sick Report.  She stated that to her knowledge her late husband, Oliver, was not aware of its presence either.  Oliver Eastburn III was too young to have served in the Civil War.  He did not move to Delaware until 1945.  Oliver Eastburn Sr., his grandfather, was in the Civil War but with a unit of Pennsylvania Volunteers.  No Eastburns served in Company "E" so there is no obvious route by which the Report could have been handed down generation by generation through the Eastburn family.  However, there were many Eastburns in Mill Creek Hundred from before the Civil War until the present and some intermarried with members of Company "E" and their descendants.  Through the years there were unions between the Eastburns and the Buckinghams.  Oliver Eastburn III had many friends among the Buckinghams.  Possibly the relic was passed on to Oliver Eastburn III by a descendent of David or Richard Buckingham.  There are many possible scenarios.

It would have been interesting to be able to trace the movements of the report over the years.  We know where it was for at least part of 1863.  It was in Washington, D.C. for a period of time in 1883.  For some period of time before 1992 it was with the Eastburns and with the Dempseys from 1992 until 1997.  In all we can account for only about 7 of its 134 years of existence.  Very likely we shall never know where it was those other 127 years.  However, for the immediate future at least, it will be at the Historical Society of Delaware, 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

Howard M. Bock
1 December 1997

 

Sick R

Jan 10

W. Mott
[Sat] W. Vans--
W. Greenwal--
W. Mason
--------------------
Jan 11 W. Mott
[Sun] W. Greenwalt
W. Mason
--------------------
Jan 12 A. Morris--
[Mon] W. Wolf
W. Mason
W. Greenwa--
--------------------
Jan 13 W. Weaver
[Tue] W. Wolf
W. Mason
A. Morrison
W. Green--

[Page 1]

NOTE:  Only a one inch stub of Page 1, the left side of the page, remains.  Month, date and names, or partial names, are all that is visible.

Reference this and all following pages of the Sick Report:
1.          Items in parenthesis [Tue], [Feb], [Page 1], etc are not part of the Sick Report. They have been added for clarity.
2           Names followed by -- are incomplete.  Names of soldiers which are incomplete, misspelled, or in any way vary from the roster of Company E, 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers (DIV) as it appears on page xx of the Appendix of History of Delaware 1609 -1888 by J. Thomas Scharf are more completely identified in Appendix I.
3.          Spellings and abbreviations of ailments, including the "old English" weaknefs, sorenefs and giddinefs, are as they appear in the Sick Report.  Comments concerning the identification of "Ailments" are included in Appendix II.
4.          The individual(s) who maintained the Sick Report used a line or partial line to indicate the final entry for a given day.  A dashed line (----------) has been used herein for that purpose

 

 

DSH
DSH

[Page 2]

NOTE:  Page 2 is the reverse side of Page 1.  The approximate one inch remaining is far right-hand portion of the page, All that is shown is the initials DSH in two locations.  These would most likely be the initials of Major D. S. Hopkins, Surgeon for the 4th Regiment, who determined the duty status of the men who appeared on the Sick Report.

 

 

A. Morrison Janders duty
W. Mott Sick in tent Excused
W. Greenwalt Rupture in head Light Duty  DSH
--------------------
18 W. Vansant Giddinefs Light Duty
[Jan, Sun] Geo. Mason Weaknefs Excused
Dav. Ridgeway bad cold Light duty
Levi Little unknown to me duty
Wm. Weaver Knee Cutt Light duty
Wm. Mott Sick in tent Excused DSH
Wm. Greenwalt Ruptured Light duty  
T. S. Greg Head ache duty
B. Cush bad cold Excused
N. McCormick cold & sore throat duty
--------------------
19 W. Vansant Giddiness, sore throat Excused
[Jan, Mon] W. Mason Weaknefs      "
N. G. McCormick cold, cough duty
W. Kern cough      "
H. Jacobs coula, bones sore      "
A. Dunlap sick at stomack      "
T. S. Gregg head ache Light duty
W. Mott sick in tent Excused
D. Ridgeway bad cold duty
B. Cush bad cold Excused
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light duty DSH
--------------------
20 W. Mason Weaknefs, cough Excused
[Jan, Tues] E. Wallaston cold pain back Light duty
W. Vansant Giddiness sore throat Excused
B. Cush bad cold sore throat duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light duty

[Page 3]

 

 

21 C. Lumb Biles L. Duty
[Jan. Wed] W. Mason Weaknefs & cough Excused
N. McCormick Bad Cold & Head ache Duty
W. Bradley Biles "  "
W. Mott Pain Head, Blood passes from him Sick in
J. Foune sore throat duty
J. Campell head and bones aches light duty
--------------------
[22] W. Mason Weaknefs, bad cough
[Jan, Thur] W. Vansant Giddinefs in head duty
C. Lumb Biles Light duty
W. Bradley Biles duty
W. Mott sick in tent Excused
A. Dunlap cold, sore throat Light duty
J. Campbell Head ache, paines duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light Duty DSH
--------------------
[23] W. Mason Weaknefs, bad cough Excused
[Jan, Fri] W. Vansant       in head Light duty
W. Bradley Biles    "       "
C. Lumb Biles    "       "
N. McCormick he does not know duty
A. Dunlap Cold sore throat   "
W. Weaver Cut knee Excused
W. Mott Weaknefs headache      "
J. Campbell Headache      "
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light duty
--------------------
[24] J. Wiser diarraeah in bowels duty DSH
[Jan, Sat] G. Walleston headache & sore breast duty
G. Mason Bad cold weaknefs Excused
W. Vansant    anefs Light duty
A. Dunlap Cold sore throat duty
W. Mott headache Light duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture     "      "
J. Campbell bad cold sore throat     "      " DSH
--------------------
[25] W. Mason cold cough Excused
[Jan, Sun] W. Vansant Giddinefs, headache duty
A Dunlap Cold sore throat    "

[Page 4]

NOTE:  The upper left hand corner of this page contains a partial stamped oval imprint.  The legible portion included "DEPARTMENT OF THE....."  along the top, a partial date  " .....31  18...." in the center and "PENSION OF......" along the bottom.

 

 

[25] W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs Excused
[Jan, Sun] W. Weaver Cut knee duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture  Light duty
--------------------
[26] W. Mason bad cough Excused
[Jan, Mon] A. Dunlap sore throat duty
W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs Excused
C. Johnson sore throat duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light duty DSH
--------------------
27 W. Mason bad cough Excused
[Jan, Tue] W. Vansant headache Giddinefs duty
C. Lumb Biles Blood unpure duty
A. Dunlap bad cold duty
E. Wooleston bad cold excused
C. Johnson sore throat, cold duty
A. Morrison
W. Mott weaknefs, sorenefs duty
J. Campbell sorethroat duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Light duty DHS
--------------------
28 W. Mason bad cough Excused
[Jan, Wed] W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs Excused
T. Hasson Rupture Light duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Bad cold Excused DSH
--------------------
29 B. Holson sore throat duty
[Jan, Thur] W. Mott weaknefs, sorenefs Excused
W. Mason bad cough      "
T. Hasson Rupture Light duty
W. Greenwalt Rupture Bad cold Excused DSH
--------------------
30 W. Mott sorenefs, weaknefs Excused
[Jan, Fri] T. Hasson Rupture Excused
W. Greenwalt      " Light duty.
W. Mason bad cough Excused DSH

[Page 5]

NOTE:  The upper right hand corner of the page contains the partial stamped imprint.  The legible portions include "DEPARTMENT......." along the top,  a partial date "JAN..........." in the center and "PENSION............" along the bottom.

 

 

[30] W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs
[Jan, Fri] W. Greenwalt Rupture
--------------------
E. Greg Cold sore throat duty
W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs Excused
W. Greewalt Rupture duty DSH
--------------------
W. Mott Weaknefs, sorenefs Excused DSH
--------------------
W. Mott Weeknefs sorenefs
J. Campbell bad cough
W. Greenwalt Rupture
--------------------
9 H. Durnal bad cold duty
[Feb, Mon] J. Campbell bad cold Excused DSH
--------------------
10 J. Campbell bad cold & cough Excused DSH
--------------------
11 J. Campbell bad cold & cough Excused
[Feb, Wed] W. Bradley Biles      "
I. Darl sick headache, bad cold      " DSH
--------------------
J. Campbell bad cold, cough Excused
W. Bradly Biles Excused
--------------------
E. Greg* bones ache sore duty
A. Dunlap not well duty
E. Barton bad cold duty DSH
--------------------
J. Campbell cold, cough Light duty
A. Dunlap sorenefs duty DSH
--------------------
L. Little sorenefs, weaknefs
E. Greg Headache bones

[Page 6]

NOTE:  The upper left hand corner of this page contains the partial stamped imprint.  Legible portions include  "............THE IN.........", "..........188?..." AND "................OFFICE."

 

 

T. S. Greg Bones sore Excused
J. Johnson Headache duty DSH
--------------------
W. Bradley Eralgy in Hand Excused
T. Gregg Headache sore breast Light Duty
J. Campbell Bad Cold Light Duty
W. H. Greenwalt Rupture Light Duty & Guard Duty DSH
--------------------
22 W. Weaver Bad Cold
[Feb, Sun] J. Campbell Bad Cold
--------------------
23 J. Campbell Bad cold Excused
[Feb, Mon] W. Bradley Headache duty
T. Greg Bad cold & cough Light duty
G. Wooleston Rheumatism Light duty
W. Weaver Bad Cold Light duty DSH
--------------------
[24] W. Bradly Headache Excused
[Feb, Tue] T. S. Greg bad chest cold & cough duty
A. Morrison sores. Biles Excused
J. Campbell Bad cold Light duty
G. Wooleston Rheumatism     "      "
--------------------
25 W. Bradly Headache Excused
[Feb, Tue] A Morrison sores bad cold breast       "
J. Campbell Bad cold Light duty
G. Wooleston bad cold & rheumatism     "      " DSH

[Page 7]

 

 

26 W. Bradly sick headache Excused
[Feb, Thur] A. Morrison sores, bad cold     "
J. Campbell Bad cold Light duty
G. Wooleston Rheumatism, bad cold Light duty DSH
--------------------
[27] W. Bradly sick headache Excused
[Feb, Fri] P. Walker sores, bad cold duty
E. Curry Sore throat, bones sore duty
A. Morrison Sores bad cold Light duty
I. Darl Rheumatism duty
J. Campbell bad cold Light duty
G. Wooleston Rheumatism bad cold Duty
Light duty
G. Eliott sprained wrist Duty DSH
--------------------
[28] W. Bradly sick headache Excused
[Feb, Sat] C. Johnson Cramps     "
G. Eliott sprained wrist     "
I. Darl Rheumatism in back duty
J. Campbell Bad Cold duty
E. Curry duty
A. Morrison Light duty
Geo. Rumor duty DSH
--------------------
1 March W. Bradly sick headache Excused
[Sun] E. Curry sore throat Light duty
G. Eliott sprained wrist Excused
A. Morrison sores     "
G. Rumor Daarihrea duty DSH

[Page 8]

 

 

[2] W. Bradly sick headache Excused
[Mar, Mon] E. Curry sore throat duty
A. Morrison sores Light duty
G. Eliott sprained wrist     "      " DSH
--------------------
3 W. Bradly sick headache duty
[Mar, Tue] A. Morrison Itch Light duty
G. Eliott sprained wrist Excused DSH
--------------------
4 A. Morrison Itch Light duty
[Mar, Wed] G. Eliott sprained wrist Light duty
W. Bradly sick head ache Light duty DSH
--------------------
[5] W. Vansant Chills & fever Light duty
[Mar, Thur] W. Bradly sick head ache Light duty
G. Eliott sprained wrist Light duty
A. Morrison Itch Light duty
B. Draper Bad Cold duty
--------------------
6 W. Vansant Chills & fever duty
[Mar, Fri] W. Bradly sick head ache    "
G. Eliott sprained wrist Light duty
A. Morrison Itch. bad cold     "     "
B. Draper Bad Cold duty DSH
--------------------
7 W. Vansant Chills & fever
[Mar, Sat] W. Bradly weaknefs
G. Eliott sprained wrist
A. Morrison Itch bad cold

[Page 9]

NOTE: The upper right hand corner of this page contains a franked, three cent,, postage.

 

 

8 W. Bradly Itch bad cold duty
[Mar, Sun] W. Vansant Chills and fever Excused DSH
--------------------
9 A. Morrison bad cold Light duty
[Mar, Mon] W. Vansant sick in tent Excused DSH
--------------------
10 A. Dunlap bones sore Headache Excused
[Mar, Tue] E. Curry Chills & Fever duty
A. Morrison  unknown Light duty
W. Vansant sick in tent Excused DSH
--------------------
11 A. Dunlap Headache & Rheumatism
[Mar, Wed] A. Morrison      "
W. Vansant sick in tent
--------------------
12 G. Wooleson Pan in back duty
[Mar. Thur] L. Little   "    "  stomack Light duty
A. Dunlap Headache, Theumatism duty
A. Morrison      " Light duty
T. Hasson bad cold duty
W. Vansant sick in tent Hospital DSH
--------------------
13 P. Walker Rheumatism duty
[Mar, Fri] L. Little Pain in head and stomack duty
A. Dunlap Headache Excused
A. Morrison Weaknefs Light duty
W. Vansant sick in Hospt Hospital
--------------------
14 A. Dunlap Pain in stomack Rheumatism Excused
[Mar, Sat] A. Morrison Weaknefs duty
W. Vansant sick in Hospit Hospt
G. Lacklin Diarrhaira

[Page 10]

NOTE: The "unknown" shown for A. Morrison on 10 Mar is as it was written in the Sick Report.  

 

 

Mar 15 A. Dunlap Pains Rheumatism duty
[Sun] T. Bradly sick head ache Light duty
G. Lacklin Darrahea
W. Vansant sick in Hospital Hospital
--------------------
Mar 16 A. Dunlap Pains Rheumatism duty
[Mon] T. Bradly sick head ache duty
G. G. Lacklin Diarrhaea
W. Vansant sick in Hospital Hospt
--------------------
17 A. Dunlap Rheumatism duty
[Mar, Tue] T. Bradly sick head ache duty
G. G. Lacklin Diarrhaea L D
W. Vansant sick in Hospital Hospt
--------------------
M[ar] 18 W. Bradly Pain in breast duty
[Wed] A. Dunlap Rheumatism duty
G. G. Lacklin Diarrhaea Excused
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt G.  
--------------------
M[ar] 19 W. Bradly Pain in bowell duty
[Thur] G. G. Lacklin Diarhara duty
W. Vansant sick in Hosp. Hospt
--------------------
M[ar] 21 E. Curry Chills Excused
[Fri] I. Darl Rheumatism pain back Excused
W. Vansant sickin Hosp

[Page 11]

 

 

[22] I. Darl Rheumatism pain in back Light duty
[Mar, Sun] E. Curry Chills Excused
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt G-
--------------------
23 S. Moore  Sore foot Exc
[Mar, Mon] E. Curry Chills Exc
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt
--------------------
S. Moore Sore foot L duty
E. Curry Chils Excused
Darl Rheumatis, pain back Light duty
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt
Hasson Rupture Excused G
--------------------
26 T. Hasson Rupture Excused
[Mar, Thur] J. McDonough pain in stomack Headache duty
E. Curry Chils Exc
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt

[Page 12]

NOTE:  The upper left hand corner of this page contains the partial stamped imprint.  The legible portion includes " ..................TERIOR".

 

 

27 Mar J. McDonough Head ache Chils Excused
[Fri] Corp. N. McCormick Pain in stomack Excused
W. Vansant sick in Hosp Hospt
--------------------
28 J. McDonough Head ache Chils LD
[Mar, Sat] E. Curry Chils LD
W. Vansant Sick Hosp Hospt
--------------------
29 J. McDonough Sore lips Excused
[Mar, Sun] E. Curry Chils Excused
W. Vansant Sick Hosp Hospt
--------------------
30 E. Curry Chils Light duty
[Mar, Mon] Corp. C. Fell Headache Chils Excused
W. Vansant Sick Hosp Hospt
--------------------
31 E. Curry Chils L duty
[Mar, Tue] D. Ridgeway Headache Chils Excused
W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
--------------------
April 1 E. Curry Chils L D
[Wed] D. ridgeway Headache Chils Excused
W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
Corp. C. Fell Headache Chils Excused
--------------------
Arp 2 E. Curry Chills Excused
[Thur] D. Ridgeway Headache Chills Light duty
B. Bateman pain in stomack Excused
W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
Corp. C. Fell Headache Chils Excused

[Page 13]

 

 

Apr 3 E. Curry Chills Excused
[Fri] W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
W. Kernss pain in leg Light duty
Corp. C. Fell Hosp Hospital
--------------------
Apr 4 D. Ridgeway Headache Chills Light duty
[Sat] W. Vansant weaknefs Excused
E. Curry Chills duty
Corp. C. Fell Hosp Hospital G
--------------------
[5] W. Vansant weaknefs
[Apr, Sun] J. Forns bad cold
D. Henren sore brest Excused
Corp. C. Fell Hospital Hos
--------------------
[6] W. Vansant weaknefs Light duty
[Apr, Mon] P. Walker bad cold duty
D. Henren Sore brest Light duty
T. Hasson Rupture LD
D. Ridgeway duty
Corp. S. Worrell sick to tent Escused
--------------------
7 P. Walker bad cold Light duty
[Apr, Tues] M. Meguire Cholera morbus     "      "
Corp. Worrell sick in tent Excused
J. Fannan cold sore breast       "
--------------------
8 P. Walker bad cold now <G> Light duty
[Apr. Wed] M. Megire sick

[Page 14]

 

 

9 W. Vansant Excused
[Apr. Thur] S. Worrell sick in tent Excused
--------------------
10 W. Vansant weaknefs Excused
[Apr, Fri] S.. Worrell sick in tent Excused
G. Rumer pain in side Excused H
--------------------
11 J. Founs bad cold Light duty
[Apr, Sat] W. Vansant weaknefs Light duty
S. Worrell sick in tent Excused
--------------------
12 D. Hewren Head ache, sick stomack Excused
[Apr, Sun] P. Walker sore throat duty
C. Lumb duty
L. Driggest Daairhaea duty
W. Vansant weaknefs Light duty
S. Worrell sick intent Excused
--------------------
13 D. Hewren Head ache sick stomack Excused
[Apr, Mon] L. Driggest drairhaea Excused
W. Vansant Weaknefs Light duty
S. Worrell sick in tent Excused DSH

[Page 15]

 

 

14 W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
[Apr, Tue] Corp. S. Worrell sick in tent Excused
--------------------
15 L. Driggest Diarrhaea duty
[Apr, Wed] W. Vansant Weaknefs Excused
S. Worrell sick in tent Excused DSH
--------------------
16 J. Fanan bad cold duty
[Apr, Thur] W. Vansant weaknefs duty
S. Worrell sick in tent Excused DSH
--------------------
17 Corp. Worrell weaknefs Excused DSH
--------------------
[18] Corp. Worrell weaknefs L. duty
[Apr, Sat] Campbell cut hand Excused
--------------------
[19] Corp. Worrell weaknefs Excused
[Apr, Sun] Campbell cut hand Excused
P. Bateman swelled leg Excused
G. Rumor Rheimatism Excused
--------------------
20 P. Bateman sore leg Excused
[Apr, Mon] T. Smith sprained back Excused
T. Greg Rupture Excused
J. Campbell cut hand Light duty
G. Rumor Rheumatism duty
Corp. S. Worrell weaknefs Excused DSH

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21 P. Bateman sore leg Excused
[Apr, Tues] T. Smith sprained back duty
T. Greg Rupture Excused
J. Campbell cut hand Light duty
Corp. S. Worll weaknefs Excused DSH
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22 P. Bateman sore leg Excused
[Apr, Wed] T. Greg Rupture duty
T. Hasson bad cold duty
J. Campbell cut hand Light duty  DSH
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23 P. Bateman sore leg Excused
[Apr,  Thur] W. Weaver Rheumatism duty
J. Campbell cut hand Excused DSH
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24 P. Bateman sore leg Excused
[Apr, Fri] G. Rumor Rheumatism duty
J. Campbell cut hand Excused  DSH
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25 P. Bateman sore leg duty
[Apr, Sat] G. Rumor Rheumatism duty
J. Campbell cut hand Excused DSH
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26 J. Campbell cut hand
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29 A. Dunlap Giddinefs Hand ache Excused
[Apr, Wed]

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30 W. Vansant bad cold bile
[Apr, Thur] J. McDonough sore throat
W. Weaver Rheumatism
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[May] W. Weaver Head ache Excused
P. Walker Daarherua duty
W. Vansant Bad Cold Bile duty
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W. Weaver Head ache Excused
C. Fell Weaknefs Excused
W. Vansant bad cold Bile Light duty DSH
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W. Weaver Head ache duty
C. Fell Weaknefs Excused
W. Vansant bad cold Bile Excused DSH
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W. Vansant pain breast duty
C. Fell Weaknefs Excused
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W. Vansant pain in breast duty
S. Shortledge sic at stomack Excuded
W. Weaver Spring fever headache
C. Fell Weaknefs Excused

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7 L. Little sick at stomach duty
[May, Thur] W. Vansant Pain in breast Light duty
C. Fell weaknefs Excused DSH
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[8] W. Vansant Pain in breast duty
[May, Sat] C. Fell weaknefs Excused
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9 W. Vansant Pain, sore breast Excused
[May, Sat] J. Wilkenson Cramp, choler duty
C. Fell weaknefs Excused
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10 W. Vansant Pain & sore breast duty
[May, Sun] C. Fell weaknefs Excused DSH
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C. Fell weaknefs, head ache Excused
J. Johnson Head ache duty
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Wm Kerns bad coler of bones sorenefs Excused
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L. Driggist Pain in the side Excused
W. Mason sore feet duty
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L. Driggist pain in the side Light duty

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[May] W. Vansant sore foot Light duty
B. Cush Toothache duty DSH
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19 W. Vansant sore foot Excused
[May, Tue] B. Cush Toothache Excused DSH
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W. Vansant sore foot Excused
B. Cush Toothache Excused DSH
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P. Walker Diarrhae
M. Wilkinson sick at stomack duty
W. Vansant sore foot Excused DSH
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J. Campbell Rheumatism duty
B. Cush Diahaea Light duty
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W. Vansant Cold Sore Throad duty DSH
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T. Bradley Giddinefs in head day
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4 J. Founs sore foot Light duty
[Jun, Thur] T. Bradley Giddinefs in head Excused
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5 W. Vansant sore foot Excused
[Jun, Fri] B. Cush Toothache Excused DSH
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6 J. Founs sore foot Light duty
[Jun, Sat] T. Bradley Giddinefs in head Excused
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7 J. Founs sore foot Excused
[Jun, Sun]

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8 J. Founs sore foot Light duty DSH
[Jun, Mon]
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9 P. Walker    "    " duty
[Jun, Tue] J. Founs sore foot Light duty

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APPENDIX I

In many instances soldier's names, as recorded in the Sick Report, were abbreviated, misspelled, first and middle names juxtaposed, etc.  All names appearing in the Sick Report were checked against the roster of Company E, 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteer as it appears in "History of Delaware, 1609 -1888" by J. Thomas Scharf (Volume I, Appendix page xx).  Every name which appears in the Company E Sick Report is identifiable in Scharf's roster.  Shown below are the "incorrect" names, as they appeared in the Sick Report, followed by the complete name and rand of the soldier as it appears in the "History of Delaware."

Sick Report History of Delaware
B. Bateman Pvt. Perigan Bateman
W. Bradley Pvt. William T. Bradly
J. Campell Pvt. John Campbell
E. Curry Pvt. Ellis P. Currey
Darl Pvt. Isaac Darl
A. Dunlopp Pvt. Alexander Dunlap
H. Durnal Pvt. Harvey J. Durnall
G. Eliott Pvt. George Elliott
J. Foun, J. Foune, J. Founs Pvt. Jonas Foundes
W. Green, W. Greenwa Corp. William H. Greenwalt
E. Greg Pvt. Ellis W. Gregg
T. S. Greg Pvt. T. S. Gregg
T. Hasson, Hasson Pvt. Thomas Hassin
B. Holson Pvt. Benjamiin Hollson
W. Kern Pvt. William W. Kerns
G. Lackliin, G. G. Lacklin Corp. George G. Lacklen
N. McCormick, N. G. McCormick Corp. Nathaniel G. McCormick
W. Mason, Geo. Mason Pvt. George W. Mason
A. Morris Pvt. Andrew Morrison
Dav. Ridgeway Pvt. David B. Ridgeway
W. Vans Pvt. William W. Vansant
J. Wilkenson Pvt. Joseph W. Wilkinson
E. Wooleston Pvt. Edwin Wollaston
G. Walleston, G. Wooleston, G. Wooleson Sgt. George E. Wollaston
W. Weaver Pvt. Elwood W. Weaver
W. Wolf Pvt. William R. Wolfe

NOTE:  The above in not a complete roster of Company E, 4th Regiment, D.I.V.  Only those Company E soldiers whose names were recorded incorrectly in the Sick Report are shown above.  Soldiers whose names were recorded correctly in the Sick Report and other members of Company E who were not on "sick call" during the period of the Report do not appear above.

APPENDIX II

In some instances, the soldier's ailment(s) in the Sick Report are misspelled or recorded in "old English".  Some of the terms appear to be terms which are no longer in common usage.  Such terms are listed below.  Where possible the correct spelling or identification is provided.  Some terms could not be identified (?) even after consulting Medical Dictionaries, Medical Encyclopedias and requesting assistance from the Delaware Academy of Medicine in Wilmington, DE. 

Sick Report Notation Identification
Bad Coler of bones ?
Biles boils
Bone aches ?
Bowell bowel
Chils chills
Cholera Morbus gastroenteritis
Chorea disorder of nervous system, St. Vitus Dance
Coula ?
Diarraeah, diarrhaira, darrahea, diarrhaea, diahara diarrhea
Eralgy in head ?
Giddinefs giddiness
Janders possible jaundice
Rupture in Head ?
Sorenefs soreness
Stomack stomach
Unpure blood ?
Weaknefs weakness

APPENDIX III

As previously stated the "Hasty Lines" hardback cover which protected the Sick Report probably has no historical connection with the Report.  Very likely it was at hand long after 1863 when someone recognized a need to protect this relic of the Civil War.  The cover provided the desired protection.  It probably also served to keep the Sick Report hidden from view for a few decades.  However, the cover also contained items of interest.

Inside the front of the cover is the signature "Helen M. Thompson."  Above the signature, written on a piece of paper which has been glued in place, is a poem which reads as follows:

    "When friends have know each other
    As long as I've known you
    "A Very Merry Christmas" means more each time it's due,
    Wishes grow sincere and friendship grows more true -
    When friends have known each other as long as I've known you."

On another piece of paper affixed to the inside of the back cover was:

            "Happy are we met,
            Happy have we been,
            Happy may we part,
            And happy meet again"

This was followed by the comment:  "The above little verse was the happy way in which Mrs. Sharpless, toastmaster dismissed the "Waverly Club" and guests, after the 25th Anniversary Luncheon."  This was signed "Anna T. Walker"

No attempt has been made to further identify or locate the persons whose names appear above.

 

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