Excerpt from Report of Northwestern Sanitary Commission, Branch of the U. S. Sanitary Commission: For the Months of November and December, 1864
This summary has been extracted from the report, no mention being made of there being any more of the report than the part thus extracted, and then, as before stated, based upon these figures, which, so far as given, are his own, the deduction is made that it has cost all the money expended in his department to distribute worth of supplies to the army.
Any person, having the report itself before him, will see at once how incorrect such deduction is. But as the summary, without the balance of the report, may, indeed in some cases has, misled, this branch of the Commission will, as succinctly as it can, explain it somewhat in detail, finding in it a triumphant vindication of the Commission's work.
With great care the Secretary has divided it into different accounts, that the reader might see at a glance what each branch of the work of the Commission has cost for the period of time covered by the report, to wit: from September 1, 1861, to July 1, 1864. It is necessary to be borne in mind all the time, that the mere distribution of supplies, is not the whole work of the Commission, but that its power for good has been exerted in manifold directions.
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