From the National Archives, M437 (Letters Received by the Confederate Secretary
of War 1861-1865), Roll #6
Head Quarters Camp at
July 27th 1861
To the Surgeon General
Confederate Forces, Richmond;
I have the misfortune to report
that Surgeon Wm. A. Carrington was taken prisoner by the enemy. I have earnestly
to request that in view of the large amount of sickness and disability from
which this regiment is suffering, you will assign a Surgeon to this regiment
with orders to report at once.
Your Obt Servt
W. B. Taliaferro
Col. 23rd Regiment Va Vols.