Looks like I am going to expand this thread into the Philippine Insurrection & Occupation timeline.
I picked up this image a few months ago. In 1902, the Indiana National Guard held their annual encampment at the state fairground. This photo shows men and equipment of the Indiana Hospital Corps at the encampment. Note the horse drawn ambulance, stretchers, and the medical flags.
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What a neat picture! I might have missed #2 holding the Hospital flag if you didn't point it out, and that's the whole key to identifying the scene. We then know the canvas covered items are stretchers. And the horse wagon an ambulance. I assumed they were in the street but looking at the feet they're standing in short grass or weeds (at the fairgrounds as you say).
What are the straps on soldiers 2-14? I've never seen before but I assume they are stretcher bearer straps. I'll have to search that out would love to see a closer shot or from someone's collection. Is that a long established Hospital accoutrement? I don't recall seeing stretcher bearers using straps in any movies civil war, WWI, WWII, Vietnam etc.but it sure makes sense. Maybe I haven't been paying attention?
I like looking for anomalies in photos because it proves the hard and fast rules that are thrown at us aren't alway 100% true. #16 just HAD to wear his civilian tie for the picture, didn't he? Maybe a gift from his mother?
I'm assuming and hope that the names are written on the back, along with date and location? Lucky you what great fun having those names and tracking down who you can.
GREAT article from med dept history center, Texas. I wish other sources were as succinct and well illustrated. It's missing red Maltese Cross chevrons I've seen so I wonder about that variant?
LOVED this: "It is questionable how often stewards wore these gilt chevrons as Hospital Corps members were not to march in reviews, parades, or similar functions. When post personnel formed for a parade the one or two Hospital Corps members not on duty at the hospital were at the parade wearing their white ward uniforms in case soldiers needed medical assistance. In 1896 the Quartermaster General realized that Hospital Corps members did not use their dress uniforms because of this practice. As a result he withdrew dress uniform authorizations and issued additional white ward clothing, which in turn eliminated Hospital Corps gilt chevrons." Poor guys didn't get a full dress uniform! I wonder what they wore to the Christmas party?
I'll be posting the VERY UNUSUAL Indiana sack coat soon in Indian Wars section. Just a bit more research. I'm hesitant because it's a deluxe private purchase and really stretches some regulations. No unfortunately it's not named. It's a Goodwill find and they knew nothing about it - even rough guess of what era. Someone wanted the musty piece of junk out of the house, and that's why I have it now!
Thanks for the reply. I go by Comstock as my first name is Kurt and I'm sure you dont need another one of THOSE lurking about!