MEDICAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE,
Richmond, November 21, 1863.
Major PEGRAM, Assistant Adjutant-General:
SIR: I have the honor to report that there are 1,296 sick Federal
prisoners requiring hospital accommodation in this city. The present
hospital accommodation will barely be sufficient for 800 men. I request that
the buildings known formerly as General Hospitals Nos. 20 and 23 be secured
by the quartermaster and opened as prison hospitals at once. The Texas
Hospital which I designed opening is reported as unfit for this purpose from
the difficulty of guarding it.
WM. A. CARRINGTON,