The Civil War in Missouri

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James Yeatman

Painted photograph, ca. 1860
MHM Photographs and Prints

James E. Yeatman was appointed a commissioner of the Western Sanitary Commission at its inception in 1861, and served as its president during the war. He insisted that the organization focus its efforts in the West, operating independently of the larger U.S. Sanitary Commission (USSC), whose efforts focused on the eastern United States. As the war progressed the WSC earned a reputation as an efficient benevolent organization—better organized than the USSC—and was the largest supplier of the U.S. Army’s needs in the western theater of war.