From the Richmond Examiner, 10/10/1864

Our Wounded on the Richmond and Petersburg Lines. – The comparative small loss sustained by General Lee’s army in the fighting on the lines defending Richmond and Petersburg, commencing on the 28th of September, has been a matter of some surprise and gratifying comment. The following exhibit, compiled from the records of the Seabrook Receiving Hospital, through which nearly all of the wounded have passed, gives the number received on each day from the 28th September to the 7th of October, inclusive: Admitted, September 28, 84; September 29, 108; September 30, 69; October 1, 384; October 2, 263; October 3, 65; October 4, 22; October 5, 53; October 6, 62; October 7, 221. Total, 1,331. Of this number, twenty-five died within the dates specified, before removed to other hospitals, which is a remarkably small per centage.

Several hundred of the more severely wounded on the Petersburg lines are yet cared for in hospitals near that city, which will probably bring our wounded up to fifteen hundred in the engagements from the 28th ultimo to the 7th instant. It is a maxim that “figures won’t lie,” unless tampered with, and therefore, according to the published reports of his own surgeons, Grant has lost five men wounded to our one, with an average proportion killed, which is about one to five wounded, to say nothing of the three or four thousand prisoners he has lost in the same engagements.


later in the same paper:
From the Richmond Examiner, 10/10/1864

The Business of the Seabrook Receiving Hospital, the channel through which all soldier patients pass before reaching the other hospitals of Richmond, is shown by the following condensed statement of three months operations, furnished us by the chief clerk of the hospital, Mr. T. P. Lilliston. The operations embrace the months of July, August and September: Number of patients received, 10,100; returned to duty, 89; transferred to other hospitals, 9,663; furloughed, 143; died, 96. In the same three months 5,522 sick cases were treated, of which 56 died, and 4,578 wounded, of which 40 died. It is asserted by the surgeons in charge that such a small per centage of deaths in the aggregate number of sick and wounded treated never before rewarded medical skill in the hospital history of this war.

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