18th Century Chaplains’ Jobs

“Many…Chaplain’s…normal post during and after a battle was with the wounded.  ‘My station in time of action I knew to be among the surgeons’ – John Gano (Headly, 255). Ebenezer David died of sickness while working at a Hospital on March 19, 1778. Thompson notes that many chaplains served also as surgeons…and in fact, Robert Blackwell, James Sproat, David Jones and David Avery had each been trained as professional medical men as well as Clergy before joining the Army. Avery brought his own medical chest because of the lack of supplies in the Army”.

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