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David Sans

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David Sans was an American Union seaman during the American Civil War. On June 11, 1862, he became the first patient taken aboard the first hospital ship in American history. Sans had been a seaman aboard the gunboat USS Benton when he was brought aboard the USS Red Rover due to cholera.

The USS Red Rover had been built in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1859 as a commercial sidewheeler. The Confederacy transferred the ship to New Orleans and used it as a floating barracks for men of the Confederate Floating Battery New Orleans. In 1861, the ship was transferred north up the Mississippi River to help with the upcoming Battle of Island Number Ten.[1] June 11, 1862 had been the ship's second day of service.[2] On June 14, 1862, Flag Officer Charles Henry Davis referred to the ship as Floating Naval Hospital Ship Red Rover 1.[3]


  1. Bob Piddy (1982). Across Our Wide Missouri: Volume I, January through June. Independence, MO: Independence Press. pp. 337–339. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Case Shot & Canister: September 2016, Volume 26, Number 9" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  3. "Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College". Retrieved 2018-06-11.

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