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Hervey - James Walter

Source: Hervey, James Walter
Civil War Rank: Asst. Surg.
Civil War Regiment: 50th
Place of Birth: IN Fairfeild Franklin Co. In
Date of Birth: 4.5.1809
Place of Death: Indianapolis
Date of Death: 1.5.1905
Other residence: Ohio
Schools attended: Ohio Medical CollegeIndiana Central Med. Coll(Asbury
Year Medical Grad or Attendance: 1850
Political office or connection: Ind. house 1855; lost for repr. 1847
Career other than physician: Tailor's apprentice; Author the Scroll and Locket; or the Maniac of the Mound 1858
Wife: Eliza J. Crump b. In Univ of Munich Germany
Date of Marriage: 1845
Children: 2
Membership in Medical Orgz.: Indiana State Medical Society-admitted 1875, 1880, 1882-83 / Marion Co. Med. Soc; AMA; Amer. Publ. Health Assoc.; Int. Cong. on public Health; Indpls Comm. Club
Obit location: TISMA 1905; 449 /
JISMA v.3:80
IMJ v.23:332
Temperance membership: 'Uncompromising temperance Man'
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Portrait: OBit
Mason: x
Comm. Date: 1.27.1862 (4.11.1862)
Final Date: 2.4.1863 resigned
County: Hancock (Jones Twp-1850) / Marion (Indianapolis-1886)
Additional Sources: Memoirs of Indianapolis p.129-32 / Harden Boys in Blue / English; Goodspeed-Indianapolis / Banta-AUthors / Shumake; Cottman IBI

Sources: 1850C / 1860c $6350 / $1000 / P1886 / Physicians Directory of Kentucky and Indiana 1893 / 1874, Indiana State Board of Health 1882, 1884, 1890

JAMES WALTER HERVEY, M. D. There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the spectacle of a life that has reached its autumn with a harvest of good and unselfish deeds on behalf of humanity. It is like the forest in October days, when the leaves have borrowed the richest colors of the light and glow in the mellowed sheen of the Indian summer, reflect ing in their closing days all the radiance of their brief existence. The man who has lived for others and has brought into potential exercise the best energies of his mind that he might make the world the brighter and better from his being a part of it cannot fail to enjoy a serenity of soul that reveals itself in his walk and conversation. When such a life is preserved in its strength and energy so that even in age its work continues unabated, it challenges the added admiration of those whose good fortune it is to be brought into con-tact with it.

Such a life has been and is that of Dr. James Walter Hervey, of Indianapolis, a man, who, after preparing himself fully for the noble profession of medicine, entered upon his career with a noble purpose of helping his fellows journeying along the road, and this consecration of himself has been life long and demonstrated in the most valuable service to individuals, the city, the State and the Government. Such a life merits a record of its deeds, that the debt due it may be acknowledged and that it may serve as stimulus to others to endeavor to emulate it.

The subject of our sketch was born of Scotch-Irish parentage, near Brookville, Ind., April 5, 1819, and had the misfortune to lose his father when he was but five years old, his mother being left a widow with five children, in a new and wild country, where there were no schools nor educational facilities of any kind. The devoted woman was so solicitous that her offspring should not grow up in ignorance that she moved to Hamilton, Ohio, where she had the pleasure of seeing her loved ones enjoy the privileges so necessary to their after success in life. Our subject passed through the common schools of that place and then spent two years at a select school at Cincinnati, kept by Prof. Kemper. This completed his primary education and before his twentieth year he was a student of medicine in the office of Dr. John C. Fall, of Preble County, Ohio, with whom he remained four years. The mind of the young student was a very receptive one, and at the same time, was most investigating r id inexorable in its demands for more knowledge. Hence, while the library of his preceptor was a very good one, it was too limited for Dr. Hervey, who was resolved to acquire everything possible to be known that would better qualify him for the noble profession. So he sought and readily obtained access to the valuable libraries of Dr. Christian Sayler and Prof. Baker, of Cincinnati, and the very superior one of Dr. Crookshank, of Fairfield, these worthy and eminent gentlemen being greatly impressed with the studious and ambitious young man and were glad of an opportunity to contribute to his sources of gaining knowledge. But the investigating spirit of the medical student was not satisfied with these many opportunities and privileges, but invested every cent of his spare money in the best books that were procurable. Like so many worthy and ambitious youths of America, the young man lacked the means to defray his expenses through medical college, so that after this faithful preparation he went to Chicago, in the expectation of finding employment with some of the physicians there until he could complete his course and gain his diploma. This was before the days of railroads in that section of country, and with a brave heart and $ 5O in his pocket, which a friend had loaned him, he mounted a pony, the gift of a friend, and turned the head of the animal toward the goal of his desires. This money was all lie had to purchase a complete outfit, and it was so nearly gone that when he reached Indianapolis, he found it necessary to stop for the purpose of recouping his depleted purse. Friends rose up to help him with counsel and more material aid, and he accepted an offer of free board, horse feed and a log cabin ing Hancock County, where the little village of Mount Comfort now stands. Entering upon the practice, which he designed should be but for a season or two at most, things so turned out that he remained there seven years. Thus the life work of this worthy man and eminent physician and publicist began in a rural district among a plain and simple but honest and good people. But it was the best possible school for him. Here as in the, crowded city the varied forms of disease presented themselves, and to an ardent student like him it may he sure that he spent every hour profitably, and with conscientious care he studied each separate case, knowing that he must rely upon his own resources. Here he acquired self reliance and confidence, so essential in the physician. Dr. Hervey has had a most varied experience in his memorable career. He has had patients in the rude log cabin, in village, city and hospital; in the homes of the wealthy, in cellars and garrets, where poverty and crime dwell. He has fought and conquered disease in the camp and on the march, and has defeated death on the battle-field and in the hospital by his superior knowledge of surgery. His advantages have been infinite. He has seen disease treated and surgical operations performed at the most famed centers of the old world, and has availed himself of every possible means of gaining knowledge in his profession. His life in Hancock was most successful, and every day of it was a means of preparation for the larger and more influential fields in which he was destined afterward to glean. Many strange and notable events have chanced to the Doctor, some of them highly romantic, others that were near to having a tragical termination. On one occasion he had a night ride with a maniac, a happening that caused much excitement and interest on account of it being published in the newspapers at the time. Wherever he has been, whatever the duties he has had to perform, he has always discharged them faithfully, and has never failed to win the confidence and the esteem of those to whom his services were rendered. Dr. Hervey began the practice of medicine at, a time when the leading members of the profession were learning that phlebotomy and other means of reducing the vital forces to control sthenic condition of the system were inimical to success at the bedside. The studious young Doctor become thoroughly persuaded that the practice was dangerous, and should be obsolete, and hence, when a severe form of malarial fever, designated as "Congestive Fever" broke out in his neighborhood, and the old practitioners treated it after the then orthodox methods laid down by Bell and Stokes, McIntosh and others.

Dr. Hervey borrowed money and bought quinine at $5.01 an ounce and administered it in full doses. The result was that he scarcely lost a case, while the older physicians lost. many of theirs in the cold stage. The Doctor, as may readily be supposed, encountered much opposition in his course, for it is always the fortune of independent and courageous thinkers and doers to be persecuted. He was sued for malpractice because he used nitrate of silver and tincture of iodine in small-pox, to prevent pitting; but he was vindicated completely in his course and was afterward highly complimented for this course of treatment. The case was reported to the Indiana Medical Journal and other professional periodicals and commented on very freely. This case demonstrated fully to the profession that ignorance is the very worst enemy that it has to encounter. In 1850, after seven years of most successful practice.

Dr. Hervey started for Philadelphia, with the object of attending medical lectures there, but on reaching Indianapolis was persuaded by his old friend, Dr. John S. Bobbs, to attend the medical department of Asbury University. After graduating it was his purpose to go to Chicago, an intention that had clung to him in the seven years of his residence and practice in Hancock, and his old patrons, grateful for the services 1)e Lad rendered them and in admiration of his high character as a neighbor and citizen, made up for him a purse of $800, to be used by him whether he rendered service for it or not. This testimonial so affected him that he decided to protract his stay among the appreciative people, and, as a result, he remained in that region nine years longer. Returning from the University, he transferred his office to the little village of Oakland, in the northeast corner of Marion County, near the junction of Hancock, Marion and Hamilton Counties, and he entered at once upon the practice in the three counties. During his residence at Oakland he was a most ardent temperance worker, and wrote a temperance story, entitled "The Scroll and the Locket, or the Maniac of the Mound." Busy as was his professional life, for his practice was constantly extending, he found time, as all good citizens should, to bestow upon political affairs, and his friends, in appreciation of his services and prompted by a desire to have him where he could be of the greatest possible good to his constituency, nominated and elected him to the Legislature in 1854 from Marion County, it being then entitled to but two representatives. Once introduced into public life, he took a very active part in politics until the outbreak of the Civil war. He is a very fluent and persuasive speaker and rendered. most efficient service to the Republican party in the exciting campaigns of 1858 and 1860, by the speeches he made at various points in Marion County. When Lincoln called for troops the patriotic heart of the Doctor was stirred within him and he promptly offered his services to the Governor of Indiana, who accepted them by appointing him first assistant surgeon of the Fiftieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He remained loyally with the regiment, participating in its battles and marches, until February, 1863, when he was disabled at the battle of Parker's Cross Roads, which necessitated his return home. But a nature like his could not brook idleness, when his friends and good men every-where were at work for the great cause, and his disability preventing him from active duty in the field, he was appointed surgeon in charge of Burnside Barracks, and acting assistant surgeon in the United States army, which position he retained until the close of the war. Nowhere did the wounded and the sick receive more sympathetic and skilled treatment than at Burnside Barracks. The war ending

Dr. Hervey settled in Indianapolis, where he has remained ever since, engaged in the practice of his profession, which speedily became very lucrative, and from the outset he was regarded as one of the leading and progressive physicians of the city. No one has manifested greater interest in the sanitary and other conditions of the city, and no one has labored harder to forward the material interests of the place than he. His labors have been especially arduous and successful in the matter of promoting the sanitary and hygienic condition of Indianapolis and of the State. The Doctor is a member of the Commercial Club, of the Marion County Medical Society, and of the Indiana State Medical Society, having actively participated in the organization of the latter, and has contributed a number of most valuable papers to its literature, among which are the following: (1873) "Utility of the Forces in Diagnosing and Treating Disease;" (1875) "How to Pro-cure Medical Legislation;" (1876) "The Necessity of a State Board of Health and How to Obtain it;" (1878) " Public Hygiene, its importance in Maintaining Health;" (1880) "Mental Hygiene, the Influence of the Body upon the Mind, How to Elevate Manhood." The Doctor is a member of that body of distinguished physicians composing the American Medical Association. He labored indefatigably to have a State board of health established, and to him more than to any other person is due the fact that there is such a body in existence. He spent a great deal of time and ardent labor iii creating public sentiment in favor of such an organization, by pointing out the great good it would accomplish, and wrote a number of most able papers for the secular press upon the subject. The State Medical Society appointed him a member of the State health commission, which was created for the purpose of discharging the duties of a State board of health, until such time as the Legislature should provide for such a body, and a part of its duties consisted in laboring to effect the much desired end. Dr. Hervey remained on this board, laboring tirelessly until its object was accomplished, in 1878, and it expired by limitation. While upon this board he wrote a number of State papers, which were published in the report of the Bureau of Statistics and Geology. Dr. Hervey is a member of the American Public Health Association and also of the International Congress, and has two medals, one from the Washington meeting in 1887 and the other from the last meeting, held at Berlin, Germany. While in Europe the Doctor visited the principal hospitals, medical centers, etc., and it may be safely assumed that his bright, vigorous, receptive and thoroughly disciplined mind took in everything of value that he was brought into contact with. Dr. Hervey has in process of construction a sphygmometer, by which he obtains the motion power of the pulse, and he is confident that this instrument will be of the greatest value to the profession in determining, in diagnosing and treating heart troubles of all kinds. The Doctor has a very facile pen and has written a history of the medical profession of Hancock County, published in the history of that county by King Buiford. He organized the first old settlers' reunion, of Marion, Madison, Han-cock and Hamilton Counties, and was president of the association for twenty years. He has been a valued contributing member of the Masonic order for nearly fifty years, and is a greatly cherished member of that ancient body. Dr. Hervey is likewise a member of George H. Thomas Post, G. A. R., at Indianapolis. He took a very active part in promoting public school hygiene and he was appointed by the Marion County Medical Society chairman of a committee to investigate into the health condition of the city schools. Carrying out the design of the committee, he visited all the schools, reported their condition and recommended many improvements, which he has had the pleasure of seeing made. The same authority named him member of a committee to investigate into the character of the water supply of the city and he spent some time analysing the supply in different portions of the city, with the result that some was found polluted and unfit for consumption.

The pen of the Doctor has been used freely in considering the great public questions that have concerned the country, and he is most favorably known as a contributor to the newspapers upon the great vital questions of State that have come up for consideration during the past forty years, there being scarcely one that he has failed to write upon in his felicitous and convincing style. Two biographies of Dr. Hervey have already been published, one in the History of Hancock County, by King & Buiford, of Greenfield, Ind., and the other in the Boys in Blue, by Samuel Hardin, of Anderson, Madison County, Ind. There are also two biographical sketches of him in press, one in the History of the Indiana Legislature, by the Hon. William H. English, of Indianapolis, and the other iii a history of Eminent Physicians, by R. French Stone, M. D., of Indianapolis. Thus the life of this eminent physician and loyal citizen has been spent, his pen and his voice devoted to the diffusion of knowledge and the best efforts of his skill being employed in alleviating the distress of humanity. The influence of such a life will long survive its stay on earth and those yet unborn will be blessed by the works, labor and the patience of James Walter Hervey, who has never lost an opportunity for doing good. Such a man is an honor to the city in which he lives and to the age in which his works have been done.

Pict and Biog. Memoirs of Indy and Marion County, p 129-131

When the war broke out Dr. Hervey offered his services to Gov. Morton who assigned him the the 50th Ind. Vols. Inf. as first asst. surg. with the rank of Capt. He remained with the regiment through all its marches and battles until 2.3.1863. At Parker's Crossroads he was injured by a falling hospital, which disability caused him to return to Indpls. He soon reported to the medical director for duty, and was assigned to Burnside Barracks at that city as surgeon in charge and acting asst. surg. U.S.Army, where he remained until the close of the war.-Stone / He was transferred the regular army. Medical charge was given him of the Veteran Reserve Corps, which was encamped on the ground north of 16th St. between Penns. st and Cent Ave guarding the prisoners at Camp Morton / 'Father of the State Board of Health'
Notes: Dr. Harvey, Surgeon of Burnside Barracks, will address the people, at the Court House, on Monday evening next. Give him a good audience.
Publication: Hancock Democrat
Notes: We have before us a letter from Dr. J. W. Hervey, Assistant Surgeon to the 50th Regiment, a citizen of this county, written from Bowling Green, March 29th, from which we make the following extracts:
Health has at length smiled upon us, the storms of winter blows, spring-time ahs come, and we now have at least, a temporary relaxation from long marches, deep mud, drenching rains, drowning floods and long rolls. Our headquarters are at Bowling Green, around which rise everlasting hills, upon whose summits are stupendous and magnificent fortifications, commenced by Simon Boliver Buckner, late of the C.S. A., but completed by Noquet, the celebrated French engineer. About these fortifications much has been said, and many illustrations of them have appeared in the different pictorials. Most who have spoken of them have underated their strength and none who have drawn them have done them justice. Any one who will carefully and intelligently examine this place with its fortifications and their locations, together with the geography of the country, will be forced to the conclusion that it was not fear of an attack here which forced the rebels to retreat, but from fear of being surround and forced to surrender for lack of supplies. From the number of camps here, and the size of the tents it is apparent that there was, at one time, 15, 000 men encamped here.
The citizens here are tired of secession, as their once flourishing country and beautiful town furnish, by mouldering walls and ruined trade, unmistakable evidence of its blighting influence. Popular public sentiment is now and forever steadfast for the Constitution and the Union.
Our regiment is stationed here to garrison the town and country. We are scattered, however. Part of the regiment is a Munfordsville, part at Franklin, part at Russelville, part at Gallatin, part at South Hill Tunnel, and part at Nashville.
The Women's Soldiers' Aid Society has made many a brave boy rejoice in his afflication, for nothing which kind, soft hands and loving hearts could prepare, but what has been sent to them - clean napkins, shirts, ticks, drawers, towels, and blankets in abundance, while canned fruits, jellies, dried fruits, wines, preserves, applebutter, and other butter, chickens, eggs, &c., in abundance and profusion have been given. God bless the ladies. Their offices of love make our hearts brave, and transform our hardships and sufferings to pleasing duties. Go on, ladies, in your angelic mission, and the gratitude of soldiers and patriots suffering for your country, shall be your reward.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: April 5, 1862
Women's Soldiers' Aid Society
Notes: A letter from Assistant Surgeon J. W. Hervey, of the 50th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, writing to a friend in Marion County, thus speaks of the ladies and their efforts in behalf of the sick and wounded soldiers:
The Women's Soldiers' Aid Society has made many a brave boy rejoice in his affliction, for nothing which kind soft hands and loving hearts could prepare, but what has been sent to them - clean napkins shirts, ticks drawers, towels, and blankets in abundance, while canned fruit, wines, preserves, apple butter and other butter, chicken's eggs, &c. in abundance and profusion have been given. God bless the ladies. Their offices of love make our hearts brae, and transform our hardships and sufferings to pleasing duties. Go on, ladies, in you angelic mission, and the gratitude of soldiers and patriots suffering for your country, shall be your reward
Publication: DWFW
Date: April 9, 1862
Notes: The Search for Arms in Nashville
Nashville, April 11, 1862

The sword and the bayonet may subdue physical resistance, but these cannot tame the unkindled passions, nor win back the alienated affections. I therefore feel happy in being permitted to wield the weapons of though in the great battle of public sentiment. In the arena of politics I have been an unswerving advocate of every constitutional Southern right. My prejudice and prepossessions were on that side - it was the home of my fathers. I boasted of Southern hospitality, and was proud to have descended from a noble Southern ancestry. I believed them to be zealous votaries of reason, and generous to those who honestly differed with them in opinion. I am not yet changed in purposes nor entirely revolutionized in my opinions. Permit me to say, however, that I have been mortified and disappointed.
Our officers have been exceedingly kind and forbearing to citizens at Nashville. I have studied to win their affections; I have sought to converse with them mildly and reason with them liberally; yet I have met little else than insult and indifference. When I have bowed to them they have turned from me with insulting sneers, and on meeting ladies to whom no gentleman would return and insult, I have been scouted with the epithet Yankee. Under the heading "Outrages" a stirring article appeared in the Nashville Patriot some days since, and was copied in the Banner on the next day. In this article we were severely criticized for searching the houses in Edgefield for concealed arms. To which article I wrote a reply. The paper ceased, and we are left with the censure upon us. Permit me to assure you that the Patriot misapprehended our motives. We intended no outrage, and we, as much as the Patriot, regret the causes which impelled us to this alternative.

The news came to us in the evening, that a crowd of men had been hard to say that they intended to arm themselves on that night, and shoot into a camp of cavalry close by us, and we had heard guns fired at different hours in the night for some nights previous. Our men had been openly insulted whilst quietly passing along the streets. We could but believe that this bad blood and these threats were backed by implements of human destruction. These are the circumstances, together with the earnest entreaties of officers who knew the citizens under which Lieut. Co. Heffren consented to the search, and in behalf of our men, and in defence of the gallant officer, who is now absent by affliction, permit me to assure you that our men went quietly to each house, knocked at the door and informed the inmates that they were compelled by threats to search for concealed implements of war, and that nothing else was intended, and that all that was private property should be promptly restored. If, there fore, any were abused or insulted, the 50th regiment Indiana volunteers must be exonerated from the charge. God forbid that any soldiers should do anything to aggravate a people already overburdened with apprehensions of our barbarity, and whose minds are poisoned by demagogues with ungenerous falsehoods.
Had the South been united they might have had a sound national Democratic President; had Southern Representatives and Senators stood to their post they might have had the Crittenden compromise. I would to God they would stop and reason. We would love to be friends with them. We would gladly lay down our arms and embrace them. We will gladly guarantee to them every right they have hitherto enjoyed. We aim no to subjugate them. All we want is the government of our fathers - the Union as it was. This we will have or all perish upon the battle field. We must be one or nothing. The several or fraternal ties must again be united, or the storm of revolution will roll over us all, and bury us together with all our aspiring hopes in ruins in one common grave.
P. W. Hervey
Ass. Surgeon 50th Reg't Ind. Vol
Publication: Louisville Daily Journal
Date: April 16, 1862
Notes: Dr. J. W. Hervey, Assistant Surgeon of the 50th Indiana, returned home yesterday. He will remain but a few days and then return to Nashville.

Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: April 29, 1862
Dr. J. W. Hervey, Asst Surgeon 50th Indiana, returned from his Regiment at Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday on leave of absence for the purpose of recruiting his exhausted energies. He was in the fights between a detachment of the 50th Indiana Volunteers and Morgan's guerillas at Gallatin, Sandersville, Manscoe's Creek and at Edgefield Junction, and will furnish us in a few days the particulars connected therewith. He came through from Nashville to Franklin in Citizen clothes, and saw several squads of guerrillas near Tyree Springs.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: September 1, 1862
More of the Battle at Hill's or parker's Cross Roads-Gallantry of the 50th Indiana-Col. Dunham the Hero of the Day.
Surgeon J W Hervey of the 50th Indiana, furnishes the Indiana Journal some interesting items of the battle at Hill's (or Parker's) Cross Roads, Tennessee, in which Forrest was so signally defeated by Colonel Dunham and his gallant men. After describing the first attack Surgeon H. says:
Col. Wells with the 50th Indiana charged and captured another battery, and a shout went up along the whole line. From this time on we pushed them to the wall, drove them back on every side, captured squad after squad and gun after gun, till we had taken 7 pieces of artillery, 600 stand of arms, and 585 horses.
Publication: New Albany Daily Ledger
Date: Jan 15, 1863
Notes: Capt. McLowick, 50th Ind., writes from Jackson, Tenn., to Dr. Hervey, of this city, February 27th, that the regiment is in splendid condition, its soul in the work of saving the nation. It musters over 600 men fit for duty.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: March 13, 1863
Notes: Dr. J. W Hervey, State Surgeon 50th Indiana Volunteers, will speak in behalf of the Union, at Alfon, Madison county, Saturday night, April 4th; at Fortville, Hancock county, Thursday night, April 9th.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Our Wounded Soldiers
Indianapolis, April 17, 1862
Ed. Journal
In these times of trial and suffering when every man, woman and child are engaged in sacrificing philanthropic labor, it seems almost unjust to particularize. But when I call to mind the patient and watchful efforts of those surgeons who accompanied me to Pittsburg Landing, I must thus publicly speak of their service.
Our boat had on board two delegations: one from Indianapolis and one from Evansville. Of the latter I need not speak, as their own correspondent has looked to them. All did well. At the battle-field Dr. Bullard, acting efficiently as general director, was ably assisted by Drs. Fishback, Harvy (Hervey), Preston and Rooker in putting the wounded on the boats. This was a most difficult task, as the ground was a perfect mire and the rain coming down in perfect torrents.

Dr. Bullard remained upon the ground with Col. Holloway to look after the wounded left behind. The others took charge on the boat. Dr. Fishback had general control of the cabin, and Dr. harvy of the lower deck. Dr. Rooker, with some Evansville surgeons, assitsted Dr. Fishback. All of these gentlemen were so watchful that our patients rapidly improved.
At Evansville Dr. Fishback assisted by Dr. Harvy, began the preparations of furloughs, and by the energy of the former we were enabled yesterday to start two hundred poor fellows to their homes.

Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: 4.18.1863
Reading Matter for the Indiana Boys
Dr. J. H. Hervey is engaged in the laudable enterprise of collecting reading matter of the troops, and has already appropriated from his own private means, fifty dollars worth of books and pamphlets. Nothing will do more to promote the recovery of the sick and wounded or contribute more to the morale and happiness of our afflicted in hospital than interesting reading matter. The Doctor has been fourteen months in the service, and knows the wants of our brave volunteers. He has already 300 volumes and quite a quantity of selected papers. Any one who has books, pamphlets or pictorials to give, will leave them at Wm. Hannaman's for the Doctor. All can give something. Those having no books to spare can give money to be spent for such as the Doctor may select. When a sufficient amount is collected, it will be sent to such places as he and the Sanitary Committee may select. Citizens of Indiana, do your duty.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: April 20, 1863
Notes: Dr. J. W. Hervey, formerly a Surgeon in the army, writes as follows:
I see Colonel Dunham, of the 50th Indiana, announced for a speech at Seymour on the 16th of this month. I ask for him arousing audience. Colonel Dunham is the soul of eloquence and devoted patriotism. I know much of his kindness to the sick and wounded, his self denying devotion to the cause of his county and suffering soldiers upon the field. I saw him ride up and down the lines at Parker's Cross Roads, amid the storm of six thousand musketry and fifteen cannon. Saw his horse shot from under him. Saw him immediately, and without a symptom of fear mount another and ride off in the same dangerous position. I saw him after the battle, carrying water and refreshments to the wounded, giving them to drink form his own canteen. This, I deem it my duty to say and I could say much more, that the public may appreciate Colonel Dunham. Let everybody go and hear the Hero of Parker's Cross Roads.
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: May 12, 1863
Aid for the Sick and Wounded
The steamer Courier left yesterday afternoon for Vicksburg within immense lot of sanitary stores provided at Indianapolis Terre Haute and at the Sanitary Commission presided over by Col. Hornbrook in this city.
Accompanying these stores were some 39 or 40 physicians, nine sanitary agents and four female nurses, under charge of Dr. Bullard of Indianapolis, and the whole under the command of Gen. Stone, who has won such a fine reputation by his active, earnest and humane attention to Indiana's sick and wounded during the last two years.
The following are the names of the physicians, agents and nurses who accompany the expedition:

Dr. Bullard, chief physician
Dr. W. H. Wishard of Johnson county
Dr. W. B. Fletcher and Dr. J. W. Hovey (Hervey) of Marion
Dr. James h. Dodson of Jay: Dr. T. B. Elliot of Marion
Dr. Ezra Read and Dr. G. W. Clippinger of Terre Haute; Drs. B. Cramer and J. S. Elliot of Thornton
Dr. Thomas H. Harrison of Lebanon
Dr. C. W. Osborn of Thornton
Dr. John M. Youart of Lafayette
Dr. W. M. Hitt and Dr. M. Powers of Vincennes
Drs. J. C. Stanley and A. P Taylor of Cambridge
Drs H. E. Cowgill and A. G. Preston of Greencastle
Dr. J. S. Bell of Dublin
Dr. J. P Crampton of Anderson
Dr. Wm. Mitchell of Princeton
Dr. J. McGowan
Dr. A. G. Boynton, Elizabethtown
Dr. N. B. Sparks
Dr. James S. Ewan, Jennings county
Dr. T A. Wilson and Dr. J. H Payne of Brownstown
Dr. W. C. A Bayne of Seymour: Dr. Joseph Stephenson of Pendleton
Dr. J. W. Straughan of Parkersburg
Dr. J. T. Boyd of Indianapolis
Dr. Wilson Lockhart of Danville
Dr. W. G. Kidd of Princeton
Dr. J. R. Hinkle of Sullivan
Drs J. G. McMeachan and E.W. Regan of Crawfordsville
Dr. Solomon Davis of Columbus.
Sanitary agents: F. B. Nopsinger, J. Fenney Dean, A. A. Trueblood, A. G. Crane, E. C. Mayhew all of Indianapolis. J. H. Baldwin, Seymour, Capt Thomas B. Williamson, Evansville; Gustavus Williams, Greencastle, James Hook, Terre Haute.
Nurses Miss Betty Bates, Miss Ellen Child, Miss Emma Henry, Miss Nancy Hadly, Indianapolis.
The special train placed at the depot of Gov. Morton arrived here at six o'clock yesterday morning, bring most of the physicians, agents and nurses - [Evansville Journal]
Publication: Indianapolis Daily State Sentinel
Date: May 29, 1863
Notes: Dr. J. W. Hervey, special Surgeon to Vicksburg returned today. He visited in person six hundred and eighty Indianians, examined into their condition and supplied their wants as far as it was possible to do so. He was at Van Buren Hospital, near Milliken's Bend, when the fight took place there between McCulloch's forces and the Union forces, consisting of the 23rd Iowa and the Negro regiments. He says that the black troops who were armed and drilled fought with a desperation seldom equaled.
The troops are in fine spirits, and none doubt the final and complete triumph of our armies at Vicksburg. Our troops are wild in their devotion to the interests of his troops. Many whom the Doctor asked, if they were Indians replied, "No, but I wish I was, for Gov. Morton is always the first to come to the relief of his troops. He is called by most of our troops, "the Model Governor"
Grant is reinforced largely. Indianapolis Journal
Publication: Evansville
Letter From Anderson Indiana
Anderson, Ind., Aug 18
On Saturday last, a large an enthusiastic meeting, composed of citizens of the counties of Hancock, Madison, and Hamilton, was held in Brook's Grove, four miles west of the village of Fortville. The place of meeting was in the corner of Hamilton county, near the corners of Madison and Hancock. The audience was large and respectable - the number being estimated at from three to four thousand persons, five hundred of which at least, were ladies. Dr. Hervey of Oakland, was chairman. The exercises opened at 10 o'clock A. M., and held until noon, when dinner was announced, and the multitude sat down and enjoyed a bountiful repast. After the removal of the cloth, speaking was resumed. The speakers were the Chairman
Dr. Hervey, Rev. Jewell of Indianapolis, Hon. Thomas N. Stilwell and Peter H. Lemon of Anderson. The large audience was attentive and enthusiastic, and the Union feeling was gloriously triumphant. Much good, we apprehend, will flow from the meeting. "Like bread cast upon the waters it will be returned to bless after many days. " a Company of the Indiana Legion was present and dressed in full uniform. The captain's name we did not learn. The company after the speaking closed, went through various evolutions, in military order, and their field music was excellent. It has seldom been my happy lot to pass a day more pleasantly - in fact all present seemed to be joyful and happy. On next Saturday afternoon in this place, a Union meeting is to be held at the Court House, and will be addressed by Estel, esqu. Of Iowa, and at night by Col. Milton S. Robinson of the 75th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. On next Saturday week there is to be a pole and flag raising at McCordsville on the Bellefontaine Railroad, of which I propose posting you after those shall have transpired. The Union ball is now rolling in all Hoosierdom. May it continue to roll, until it grinds to powder every last "butternut" that disgraces the soil of the proud State of Indiana, is my sincere prayer.
Yours truly, S. & L.
Publication: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Date: August 22, 1863
Date: June 18, 1863
The Sanitary Commission
Headquarters Medical Dept.
Burnside Barracks, Ind., May 3, ‘64
Ed. Journal: I was mortified on reading an article published in a paper published at Columbus, Ind., derogatory to the character of the sanitary Commission. I have been connected with the Medical Department of the Army of the United States since the commencement of the war, much of the time in the front, and I can speak advisedly when I say that no human tongue can tell the good it has done. Its offices of kindness and love must remain untold. In the spring of 1861 we had several large hospitals to establish at Bowling Green, Key. Our men were dying for fruits and vegetables. There was no way by which the Government could supply our wants. The Sanitary Commission came forward with open hands and supplied our men with fruits, jellies, clean clothes, and everything that we needed, and brought life and health to the sick - by its contributions many a brave man was restored to the service of the country. I have seen the men cry with joy and raise their eyes to heaven and thank God for the Sanitary Commission. Whenever our army has gone there have gone the agents of this Commission with supplies for the sick. I have never seen any who went to there for aid turned empty away.
When we established our Hospital at this barracks for th V. R. C>, we could not be supplied by the Government with such supplies as was needed for our outfit. We had no Hospital fund. I went to W. H. Hannaman of this city and he made us a magnificient donation and our men blessed this commission. Those who say aught against it are those who have been misinformed, those who know nothing of its offices of kindness and love. Those who have been recipients of its benefits may have squandered or misapplied its contributions - doubtless this is true. But I hope none will be so ungenerous as to say anything to prejudice the public mind against this glorious enterprise. I can say with all my soul, God Bless the sanitary Commission, and may a generous people fill its storehouses with rich contributions and may it continue this to those who are contributing this life and health to the salvation of a government, which is the pride of the world, and the empire of freedom. J. W. Hervey
Surg. in charge Burnside Barracks
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: May 5, 1864
The Sanitary Commission
Post Hospital Burnside Barracks,
Indianapolis, Ind., May 4th
Receiving your last issue, I noticed on your second page a paragraph with reference to that noble enterprise, the Sanitary Commission - all covered with glory, perfumed by the thanks, and emblazoned in the memory of our brave sons - was a grand failure. This, sir, I myself have heard and permit me to say that this is a slander, and those who thus speaks are ignorant of its of**of love, or malicious in their designs. Sir, this language mortifies me, and lead to my **** what I have seen of the workings of this God sent enterprise. Allow me, sir, to state that that class of men that this Commission is an angel of mercy to the soldier of Indiana. Its agents are energetic and efficient.
Wherever our soldiers have gone, there has gone our Sanitary Commission with open hands to supply their wants and administer to their necessities. Indiana has always been up, and generally in advance of other States.
It has never been said by our men - "Oh! That we had a Sanitary Commission, or that Commission was failing to accomplish its legitimate purpose." The agents of our Indiana Commission have entered hospitals, looking after our sick; furnishing them with the delicacies of life, such as are not and cannot be furnished by the Government, but which home alone can furnish, through the agents of the Commission. Many are made to exclaim - "God bless you!" to our agents, as they would visit them while sick in the hospitals writing letters to loved ones at home, procuring furloughs, leaves of absence, &c. One instance I may here mention. The sick in the hospital at this Post were very much in need of vegetables, fruits, under garments, bedding, and such articles as was not furnished by the Government. Our only resource was the Sanitary Commission. Accordingly, J. W. Hervey, Surgeon in charge, has merely to write a line to the noble Agent, Wm. H. Hannaman, and place it in the hand our excellent Stewart (sic) Martin Vaughn?, who sets out on foot for the office of the Sanitary Agent, and but few hours elapse when he returns with a wagon load of provisions and clothing, &c. Many are the hearts made glad, thereby; and adding many comforts to the brave boys who have left home, friends, and al the surrounding comforts of life, which home can afford, to battle for our bleeding country.
It is though by some who profess to know that the officers, doctors, clerks, stewards, nurses and hospital attendants gobble up all the delicacies which were intended for the sick. But allow me to tell such knowing individuals that such is not the case, and is only used by them as protest for not contributing to the Commission. The sick are always served in preference to **who stay about the hospitals, and on all occasions receive such delicacies as is sent them, which would be suitable for them to eat while sick.
The excuse is made by such as would not give, unless**er to their own sons, brothers, husbands, &c which is of itself but a selfish disposition. Was it not for modesty, I could mention men of capital of your county, who make loud  ensious to loyalty to the Government and profess to be good Christian men, but who make such excuses.
These men are so fearful of being wronged that they have been known to refuse to sign a subscription to a school lest the teacher might die or run away, and they would have to lose the tuition. Wm. D. Bryant
Clerk, Hospital Burnside Barracks
Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal
Date: May 25, 1864
Date: April 3, 1863
Record# 23221 in database 19th Indiana Century Physicians
Source: 19th Century Database of Indiana Physicians
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