From the Richmond Enquirer, 8/27/1862, p. 1, c. 7
HOSPITAL FOR IMPRESSED LABORERS. – One of the most
appropriate and, at the same time, well conducted hospitals in the city, is that
established by the Bureau of Engineers, for the care of the sick among the negro
laborers upon the various batteries of this department.
It is situated upon Cary street, near the corner of 18th,
is a spacious and commodious building, and arranged for the accommodation of
about one hundred patients. There are between fifteen hundred and two thousand
negroes in the department; and though the hospital has been established for five
months, strange to say the number of its patients has never exceeded an average
of fifty, and the number of deaths has amounted only to seven.
The sanitary condition of this Hospital is excellent. All
of the apartments are kept continually clean and in good order, which conduces
greatly to the speedy convalescence of the patients, and gives a character to
the establishment which many of the hospitals in and about the city would be
proud to possess.
The Surgeon in charge is Dr. Waring, of this city; and the
Superintendent is M Parker H. Westcott, to whom is due great credit for the
admirable condition of the Hospital.
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