I'm trying to learn more about medical paperwork which would have been done immediately after a battle, particularly on the Confederate side.
At the Regulations for the CS Army Medical Dept. at
http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/regulations/regulations.html , there's a
distinct lack of information on what or how records were kept on a daily
basis beyond morning reports, especially when the enemy was being engaged.
On page 10 it says each regiment was to keep:
"A register of patients (Form 11); a prescription and diet book (Form 12); a case book; copies of his requisitions, returns of property, and reports of sick and wounded; and an order and letter book, in which will be transmitted all orders and letters relating to his duties."
What specifically was updated daily and/or immediately after a battle? Was it just Form 11 (register) plus Form 15 (morning report)?
Form 11 (page 46) looks like it could include the names of the wounded and their complaints, showing them admitted and then almost immediately transferred back to the general hospital. Would this be done at a location where the patients were going to a field hospital rather than directly to a general hospital, with the notation they were sent to a field hospital? Or would it not be done until they were at a field hospital going to a general hospital?
Form 12 (diet and prescription) seems even less suited to the field, since
surgeons would hardly be dealing with the patients long enough to set up a weekly diet and prescription schedule.
So where and how were names and/or numbers of wounded men first written down after a battle?
Also, was there a way to send information attached to individual patients, stating what immediate treatment or examination had been given on the field, so surgeons at the field hospital could benefit from it? Seems helpful to know if the semi-conscious patient being unloaded at the field hospital is that way because he was given laudanum before being put in the ambulance, or because of a head injury. But maybe that information just got lost in the confusion.