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If it be estimated that for each of these officers, one surgeon and two assistant-surgeons were appointed, and served in field and hos- pital, then the Confederate Medical Corps was composed of about the following :
Surgeons i.9 2 7
Assistant-Su rgeons 3354
This estimate places the number of surgeons and assistant-sur- geons at too high a figure, as may be shown by the following con- siderations :
a. Many regiments and battalions had not more than two medical officers.
b. The casulties of war were much more numerous, and promotion was much more rapid, amongst the line officers than in the Medical Staff.
A more accurate estimate of the actual number of medical officers actively engaged in the Confederate army during the war i86i-'65, may be based upon the number of regiments, battalions and legions of infantry, cavalry and artillery, furnished by the individual States, during the civil war :
Total number of regiments infantry 536
" cavalry 124
" " artillery 13
These regiments were furnished by the individual States, as fol- lows :
Infantry. Cavalry. Artillery.
Alabama 57 3
Arkansas 34 6
Florida 9 3
Georgia 67 10
Kentucky ,.. n 9
Louisiana 34 i I
Mississippi 51 5 I
Missouri 15 6
North Carolina... 60 5 4