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From William A. Carrington CSR (M331): Memo dated 1/7/1863, regarding General Hospitals #1, 8, 10, 4, and the Louisiana Hospital.

Richmond, Jan 7th, 1863

Surgeon A. S. Mason
                                        Genl Hospl No 1, No 8, No 10 & No 4 & the Louisiana Hospl from being constructed for the privacy necessary for lodging houses of various kinds are partly adapted for the purpose of isolating the cases of Hosl Gangrene. The Louisiana Hosl has also a small ward consisting of one room of capacity for 15 cases of ordinary disease & for about 7 or 8 of Gangrene isolated from other patients - in the yard & now used as "Cutaneous or Itch ward" - It also has a new ward built in the yard (capable of accommodating 40 patients or 20 Gangrene cases) isolated from the Hosl but connected by a covered passage 30 ft in length. Genl Hospl No. 16 has attached to it a building rented by the Government at $3000 per annum. The 1st floor of which is under an apothecary shop for this & Genl Hosl No 13 & the upper rooms, 6 or 7 in number, have been used for the accommodation of sick & wounded Ga officers interred in the Ga Hospl No. 16 - The rear of the two lots connect No. 16 fronting on 21st St & the officers quarters on Main St - Here we have sufficient isolation.

Genl Hospl No. 27 is a small Hospital at a distance of Several blocks from any other in a quiet, retired part of the city on the suburbs of Church Hill which has a capacity of 50 or for about 25 gangrene cases - Here they would have near perfect isolation - It is exceedingly well administered & has been allotted to the State of              in the last distribution - From this you can make a selection from a knowledge of the facts.

Very Respectfully,
    Your Obedient Servant,
        Wm. A. Carrington
            Surgeon & Inspector of Hospls


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