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Joseph S. Allen, MD


Allen, Joseph S. Civil War Rank: Surgeon

Civil War Regiment: 10th

Place of Birth: IN

Date of Birth: 1814

Wife: Hannah C Beard b. 1820 IN

Date of Marriage: 3,14,1839

Children: 6

Comm. Date: 9.21.1861

Final Date: 10.3.1862

resigned 2 Comm: 6.1865

Final Date of last commission: 10.17.1865

County: Montgomery (Crawfordsville) / DeKalb (Auburn)

Sources: 1850c $3500 / 1863 Gaz (Floyd) New Albany S.J. ALexander USSC no preparation remarks NADL 10.17.1862 Convalescent

The friends of Dr. Allen Surgeon 10th Ind. Vols will be pleased to learn that he is convalescent. The doctor has been in bad health since Buell's army returned to Nashville, tenn. Drs. Allen and Sheilds have charge of Hospital No.5 in this place.

From the Tenth Indiana Pittsburg Landing Tenn., April 16 Ed. Journal

Having a few minutes leisure I will use it in giving some account of the Tenth Indiana Volunteers, and will commence by saying that the noble Tenth was almost entire at the battle of Mill Spring, having enjoyed good health and suffered but little loss up to that time; but, in consequence of being encamped in the unhealthy locality where the enemy had been, and which was made pestiferous by the accumulated filth of Zollicoffer's army about one half of our gallant regiment sickened, and became unfit for duty. Since then they have undergone many hard marches and much exposure, and if they have not lost they certainly have not gained in strength. We underwent many hardships and great fatigue to reach this point before the battle, but only arrived just in time to witness the effects, without participating in the dangers. We however lent a helping hand to the wounded as far as we were able. Although broken down by disease and hardship the spirits of our noble boys remained unshaken. On Saturday night last a call was made on our brigade about midnight, to go aboard of transports, and, in company with the gunboats, proceed up the river some forty miles into the enemy's country, and destroy a railroad bridge some fourteen miles south of the river. Nobly did they respond to the call, and before twelve o'clock next day two bridges were in ashes. The rebel guard, one hundred and fifty in number, fled at the first fire, leaving some four or five dead on the ground. After destroying the bridges our boys made good their retreat, and reached this landing by daylight next morning, without the loss of a man. General Fry conducted the expedition. We have now about sixty on the sick list - some quite sick, others not so bad, but all, when able, as good material as in the service. I will conclude by saying that we thank the good people of Indiana for their benevolence in sending us some bandages, shirts, sheets and socks, together with a few articles of delicacies much needed, an invoice of which I enclose. Mr. Merritt called and informed me where the articles were, and my assistant Dr. Williamson, detailed some men and proceeded to the steamer where Mr. Turner furnished him the following delicacies: 6 cans preserved fruits, 3 pounds barley, 2 bars soap, 1 bottle of catsup, 2 pounds corn starch, pound ground coffee, 3 quarts dried peaches, and ? lemons. These articles came in good time for our sick boys were tired out, On hard bread and salt meat. I would have been glad if they could have got some wine, brandy, or whisky, but these are no doubt been disposed of to those who needed them equally as much, if not more than we did. We are all expecting another great battle soon, and I doubt not the Tenth will do its duty. Respectfully, yours, J. S. Allen, Surgeon Tenth Indiana Volunteers

Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal Date: April 25, 1862 Notes: Surgeon S. S. Allen of the 10th Indiana in a letter to the Crawfordsville Journal says that the diseases incurred near Mill Spring have proved more disastrous to this noble regiment than the battle with Zollicoffer. The prevalent disease was typhoid fever of a malignant character, generated in the unhealthy camp on the south side of the river. It received no abatement from a change of locality in the pestiferous stench of the camp on the north side of the Cumberland where we were left. Dr. Allen says: Ten noble men have died, and two or three more must follow, making a mortality of about one to every eight men. For the satisfaction of their friends I send a list of the names of the decesesed I will say of the sufferers, their condition was much improved by the remove from the entrenchments to Somerset I removed them without authority from the commanders of the regiment not being able to consult. I had the advice of several Surgeons, who agree with me in believing that more than half of the whole number would have died had they been suffered to remain where they were.

Publication: Indianapolis Daily Journal Date: March 24, 1862 J.S. Allen, M.D. Having returned from the army, respectfully tenders his services to the public and old patrons, in particular. Prompt attention will be given to Medicine; and Special attention to Surgery. Office in Washington's Hall building, immediately over the grocery store of Wray and Co.,

Publication: Crawfordsville Journal U.S.A. General Hospital, Madison, Indiana Names of patients List of men transferred to General Hospital at Madison, Indiana, from Branch C., Crittenden General Hospital, Louisville Daily Journal, Kentucky, March 18, 1864. List: I herewith certify that the above list is correct. Thomas W. Colescott A.A. Surgeon U.S.A. in charge branch C, Crittenden General Hospital Louisville Daily Journal, Ky, March 18, 1864 No. 6 U.S. Army Gen. Hospital New Albany, March Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the following named soldiers are this day transferred to he U.S.A. General Hospital, Madison Ind. List: E. J. Crosier Act. Ass't Surg. USA in charge Branch A. Clay General Hospital Louisville Daily Journal, Ky March 19, 1864 A list of names of patients of Branch A, Clay Hospital, able for transportation to be transported to Madison, Ind. List: List of soldiers transferred from USA No. 5 General Hospital, New Albany, Ind. to Madison, Indiana by order of Geo. G. Shernard Surgeon USV List: General Hospital No. 11 New Albany, Ind., March 17, 1864 List of men transferred to General Hospital at Madison Indiana, from general Hospital No. 11, New Albany, Indiana, March 18, 1864' List: Chas. Bowman A.A. Surgeon, USA, in charge. General Hospital No. 4 New Albany, Ind., March 18, 1863 Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following named men for transfer to Madison, Ind List: John Sloan AAS USA in charge of Hospitals S.J. Alexander AAS USA, in charge General Hospital No. 8 New Albany, Ind., March 17, 1864 List of men transferred to General Hospital at Madison, Indiana, from General Hospital No. 8, New Albany, Indiana March 18, 1864 List: J. S. Allen A.A.Surgeon USA in charge. Publication: Madison Date: 4.6.1864 Date: 1.12.1864 Record# 30150 in database19th Indiana Century Physicians

Source: 19th Century Database of Indiana Physicians

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