From the Richmond Examiner, 1/1/1864
THE HOSPITAL DINNER TO-DAY. – Those who expect to surround to-day the New
Year’s board, loaded with savoury viands exhaling in incense of thanks will
enjoy a double relish, if, out of the family abundance, they remember the sick
and wounded soldiers in the hospitals, and enable them, for one day, to forego
and forget the hospital and hospital fare. Give them this day one vision of
home, and something like the home-board they would gather round if there.
As there will, doubtless, be a superabundance of supplies furnished in the
hospitals, it has been suggested that a portion of these contributions be
devoted to the use of the returned Confederate prisoners who arrived a few days
since from the North.
They are now at Camp Lee, and it is certainly becoming that they, too, should
be remembered kindly by our citizens to-day. After the exposure and hardships to
which they have been subjected, this attention on the part of our people will
certainly be duly appreciated by them.
All contributions of food and other articles which may be sent to the lecture
room of the Second Presbyterian church (Dr. Hoge’s) this forenoon, between the
hours of 9 and 12 o’clock, will be immediately dispatched to Camp Lee, and a
collation provided for the returned prisoners there.
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