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Of the Investigation of the Conduct of the War -- Local Doctors Testify.

Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 31. -- Maj. W.T. Comegys was a witness before the war investigators Saturday. He was medical purveyor of Camp Thomas. He stated that there had never been any delay in filling his requisitions on the surgeon general, and he was always able to meet all requisitions. Major Comegys had refused to fill some requisitions from the hospital, because satisfied the articles demanded were not needed. He accounted for the sickness in Camp Thomas by saying the men did not know how to take care of themselves. He blamed the regimental officers for anything that was deficient.

Lieutenant J.M. Arrasmith had charge of the rations of the camp, and his criticism was that the sinks were badly cared for, making a stench in camp at night that was stifling; discipline, also, was very slack.

Drs. Baxter and Boyd, local physicians, were called to testify in regard to the case of Sergeant Frank, who died here during the summer as the result of a railroad accident. Dr. Baxter said that notwithstanding the man was in a state of profound shock alter the accident Dr. Samuel D. Hubbard, surgeon of the regiment, insisted upon removing the wounded man to Chickamauga Park. The man died on the way out, as he (Baxter) had predicted he would. Dr. Baxter told of one train of Wlsconsin sick which he had seen on its way home without a medical officer or medical supplies. A number of residents in the vicinity of Camp Thomas were examined, and stated their observation of the condition at Chickamauga Park while the troops were there and gave their conclusions as to the causes of the sickness of the soldiers. They defended the climate as salubrious and healthful, and generally attributed the prevalence of disease to the habits of the volunteers.

J.C. Howell, a railroad station agent, told of an instance in which fifty-four sick men, being part of a Wisconsin command, had been placed on a train and started to their homes without medical supplies or physicians, and without furloughs or transportation papers. Ira J. Haines, a private acting as a member of the hospital corps, who said he had been a practicing physician in Louisville, Ky., for eight years, was examined on a communication he sent to the commission in which he charged that patients had been treated for typhoid fever when they had pneumonia. He said Vincent Flora, of the Third Illinois, was one of them -- as plain a case of pneumonia as he had ever seen. Upon pressed he modified his statements, saying that he had no consultations with the physicians as to their line of treatment. He said, however, that he considered some of the physicians incompetent.

Captains Daniel E. McCarthy and M. G. Zalinski, of the quartermaster's depot at this point, gave testimony as to the conduct of this office. They agreed that the administration of this department had been as efficient as could have been expected under the circumstances.

Dr. F. B. Stapp, a local physician, detailed a visit to the hospital of the Second division of the Third corps in August, saying he had found it overcrowded and dirty, and with no physicians in attendance at the time. Dr. Stapp said he had seen drunken soldiers lying in the streets of Chattanooga, and he was sure much of the sickness at Camp Thomas was due to the habits of the men.