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Summary of Joseph F. Powell file, M346, National Archives

This file represents payments made by the Confederate Government to Joseph F. Powell, a Richmond carpenter, for work done to numerous Richmond Hospitals. According to the 1860 Richmond City Directory, a carpenter named Joseph F. Powell operated from 3rd street, between Main and Cary. The itemized invoices provide important details about Confederate hospital appearance and furnishings. These citations come from the National Archives, M346, Reel #815.

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 1861 (ca. October); $58,883.80 paid for work done at Chimborazo: Summary of extremely important itemized invoice for construction of buildings that will become Chimborazo Hospital.

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

10/15/1861; $243.55 paid for work at Chimborazo Hospital: 13 dining tables & seats @ $12 ($156.00), 681 feet @5c ($34.05), 2 writing desks @ $4 ($8.00), 2 counters ($20.00), 1 Press 6x6 & door to same ($7.50), Wash Stand & shelf ($3.00), 75 Spittoons @ 20c ($75.00). “Octo. 15th 1861. I certify that this account is correct & just & that the Hospital furniture was furnished before I had any Hospital Fund. J. B. McCaw, Surg.” [McCaw and Winder sign in margin]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

1861; $598.88 paid for Building Stable at Chimborazo Hospital [Gen. Winder signed]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 10/16, 17, 23/1861; Powell receives $8000, $10,000 then $14,000 as “part pay for houses built as barracks.” Noteworthy that the first receipt is dated the same day that Chimborazo opened. Date of contract was August 30.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 1861 (ca. October); $74,636 paid for work at the "Reservoir:" Summary of extremely important itemized invoice for construction of buildings that will become Winder Hospital.

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

11/19/1861; $10,000 paid “For this amount paid on contract for Winter Quarters dated 30th August, 1861.” [Wm. E. Warren, Capt. Asst QM signs below] Appended below: “$10,000, Richmond, Nov. 19, 1861. Received of Asst W. E. Warren Asst. quarter master C. S. Army Ten Thousand dollars, in part pay for buildings for winter barracks as per contract of the 30th August. (signed) Joseph F. Powell

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 2/12/1862; recapitulation of money owed and cash advances to Joseph F. Powell for carpentry work. $136,801.81 of work had been done to this time and $130,000 worth of cash advances had been paid, leaving $6,801.81 owed. The amounts listed indicate that most of his previous contracts were paid on 12/31/1861.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 2/21/1862; $777.28 paid for carpentry work done on Union Hill Hospital (at Mason's Hall): itemized list. Work was done in 1861.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 4/20/1862; $265.35 paid for work done at Winder Hospital.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 4/23/1862; $690.75 paid for carpentry work done at the Female Institute: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 5/10/1862; $624.91 paid for carpentry work done on Crew's Factory: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 6/13/1862; $1175.52 paid for carpentry work done on Ross Factory Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 6/15/1862; $1180.41 paid for carpentry work done on Mayo’s Factory: itemized list.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 6/15/1862; $836.50 paid for carpentry work done on Crew's Factory: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 7/1/1862; $373.74 paid for carpentry work done on Crew Factory Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 7/1/1862; $399.25 paid for carpentry work done on Howard Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 7/1/1862; $1668.89 paid for carpentry work done on Bacon & Baskerville: itemized list.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 7/15/1862; $1175.52 paid for carpentry work done on Morriss Factory: itemized list [Surg. E. G. Higginbotham signs]
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 8/26/1862; $15,785.75 paid for carpentry work done on Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 10/20/1862; $35,641.45 paid for carpentry work done on Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 12/10/1862; $17,442.22 paid for carpentry work done on Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 1/31/1863; $19,951.10 paid for carpentry work done on Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 3/3/1863; $35,569.20 paid for carpentry work done on Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

5/20/1863; $65,000 paid “For this amount in account of contract for building Hospitals at Camp Jackson dated 5th Feby 1863.” [Wm. E. Warren signs]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 7/10/1863; $28,998.83 paid for carpentry work at Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

7/21/1863; $75,000 paid “For this amount in account of contract for building Hospitals at Camp Jackson” [Wm. E. Warren signs]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 9/2/1863; $1000.00 paid for carpentry work at Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

10/1/1863; $590 paid for repairs to Bakerys at Winder Hospital [Wm. E. Warren signs on 11/21/1863]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

10/17/1863; $30,000 paid for work on Jackson Hospital: “For the amount on contract for building Hospitals at Camp Jackson” [Wm. E. Warren signs]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 10/21/1863; $246.00 paid for carpentry work done Corner of Dock & 19th street: itemized list. Work was done "in order to make the house secure and otherwise suitable to store provisions"
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 10/21/1863; $1044.70 paid for carpentry work done on Louisiana Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 10/28/1863; $16,217.10 paid for carpentry work at Howard's Grove Hospital: itemized list
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 11/14/1863; $180,000 paid for "building $80 houses for Hospital wards as per contract" at $2250 each. Several cash advances (beginning May 20, to equal $170,000) were taken out of this sum, and $10,000 was paid on this date.

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

12/8/1863; $17,657.60 paid “For work done at Chimborazo Hospital: 44144 feet of upright posts, tie beams, braces and renailing collar beams to 89 wards @40¢” [McCaw & S. P. Moore sign]

Joseph F. Powell file, M346 1/28/1864; Carrington closes Winder Hospital temporarily and transfers patients to Jackson Hospital in order to repair facilities and allow for “freer ventilation” and to secure the hospital from fire. “Every alternate building will be removed and re-erected in the pine-grove adjoining the 3rd Division.” Subsequent endorsements haggle over details and cost
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 1/30/1864; 50 buildings to be removed at Winder Hospital for $375 each
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 2/3/1864; Important letter from Surgeon Lane regarding construction to be done at Winder Hospital “at the site of the late fire;” notes that bedding and linen is in bad shape, and Lane appears to be taking time during a hospital closure of 60 days to fix enumerated problems. Details on the shoddy shape of the hospital guard and manpower shortages “due to drafts”
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 6/10/1864; $4893.35 paid for carpentry work done on Scott’s Factory: itemized list.
Joseph F. Powell file, M346 6/15/1864; Interesting letter from Supt. of City Water Works regarding the cleaning of “water closets” at Winder Hospital.

Joseph F. Powell file, M346

9/30/1864; $1400 paid for work at Jackson Hospital: 40 tables furnished to Jackson Hospital @ $35 per table [Parkhill signs, Carrington & John L. Grubbs, Post AAG (by command of Gen. Gardner) approve]

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