Carrington, Battery Defenses
From William A. Carrington CSR (M331): Inspection report, dated 11/20/62, of all numbered battery defenses of Richmond, containing both military and medical details.
Richmond, November 20th, 1862
Surgeon E. S. Gaillard, Medl Director,
Batteries no 11 to 17 are on the South side, of these no 15 only has one Co. of light artillery in 4 houses used as Barracks. A. A. Surgeon Chiles attends this Co & Capt. Moxeley, Co on Provost Martial duty in Manchester.
The other batteries have each one sentinel who guards them. The outer line consists of 7 Cos. of light artillery all static and in or about the Charles City road & they have one Asst Surgeon & 2 acting Asst Surgeons as Medl Officers.
The whole command numbers 2509 & 192 are sick & off
duty - only the sick from the outer line have been sent to the Hospls of
Richmond. The Surgeon in Chief who would be brigade surgeon were these forces
brigaded wishes the Hosl at Battery No. 8 to be enlarged by addition of a two
I am [of the] opinion that this is inadvisable on account
of its proximity to the battery when 5 cos. composing Battalion No. 19 are on
duty - & from its being much more convenient for the other batteries to send
the sick (necessary to go to other than the small Hospls they have) to some of
the Genl Hospls now established. - These hospitals exist now in a line around
the outskirts of the city parallel to these batteries & about at the proper
distance - It would be advisable to send from Battery No 2 to Genl Hospl No. 25.
From Battery No. 4 to Howard's Grove.
The other batteries when manned will all have Genl Hospls quite convenient to receive such cases as are proper to send to a Genl Hospl. I would advise that the separate commands always send their sick to the same Hospital & if the Surgeons in Charge need assistants that they have detailed from this command nurses proportionate to the sick admitted from them.
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