Seal stamp: Sanitary Commission

Object Number: 
INV.4692
Date: 
1861-1878
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 2.2 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
relief: on face of stamp: "U. S. / SANITARY / COMMISSION"
Description: 
Stamp with raised image of shield on thin metal plate joined to a block of wood; shield with "U.S" in relief on field of stars and "SANITARY COMMISSION" in relief on field of stripes.
Gallery Label: 
Formed in New York City in 1861, the U.S. Sanitary Commission was chartered by the U.S. Medical Bureau to organize the national distribution of sanitary information and material relief to Union soldiers. The commission succeeded in restructuring the outmoded U.S. Medical Bureau and in promoting public health measures that reduced mortality and greatly eased soldiers' suffering (see "The Encyclopedia of New York City," p. 1216).
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Creative: Tronvig Group