Mr. G. L. T. Dille, of Co. C, 8th Iowa Regiment, who has recently returned discharged on account of ill health has handed us the following statement of the sanitary condition of the regiment was may be of interest to some of our readers.
SEDALIA, MO., Jan. 12, 1862.
The number of sick in the regimental Hospital from the 12th to the 31st of October averaged 12 per day. For the month of November the average was 48 per day, and for December 22. For January up to the 12th, 36. This is besides the sick in the quarters which would average as many again as in the hospital, from 80 to 100 per day would be a fair average of those unfit for duty.
There has been 26 deaths in the regiment from various diseases, principally Billious Diarrhea, Typhoid and Lung fevers.
The prospect now bids fair for an improvement in the health. Our physicians both becoming sick and absent has been a great drawback to us.
JAS. McCONNELL, Steward.
W. H. BARKER, Ward Master.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 2
EDITOR’S NOTE: The regiment in this article was mistakenly headlined 7th Iowa Infantry, but all persons named within it are members of the 8th Iowa Infantry.