(GA) Southern Banner,
Relief and Hospital Association.
This Samaritan of Institutions, with its head at
, and its big heart with every Confederate army, is most justly complimented in
a late letter of P. W. A., in the Savannah Republican. We cannot let this
occasion pass without adding our mite of praise to this generous association of
noble hearted men. For two years past it has been our good fortune to know
somewhat of its actings and doings. And here let us remind our readers that it
is not alone to the Georgian it has brought its assistance and succor, but to
men from every State in the Confederacy. “God bless the Georgia Relief
Association,” has gone up from thousands of hearts not of Georgia - from the
plains of Texas, and the mountain streams of Arkansas, from the Mississippi, the
Ohio and Potomac, have the men come, who have been the recipients o its kindly
A few devoted men, whose names will go down to posterity,
as a part and parcel of this war, have bent their wills and energies to this
P. W. A. says:
readers will be glad to hear that the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association
continues to dispense its benefits to the soldiers from that patriotic State.
Mr. E. Saulsbury is the preset agent of the Association in Virginia, and has
charge of the Wayside Home in Richmond, the store, baggage of the soldiers,
&c., &c. Dr. James Camak is the Surgeon, whose duty it is to look after
sick and wounded Georgians wherever they are to be found, whether on the
battlefield, on the ambulance trains, or at the Wayside Home. He is one of the
best men and most energetic and faithful officers I have ever known. Rev. Mr.
Crumley, the Chaplain of the Association, has his headquarters at the Home, but
devotes al his time to the spiritual welfare of the sick and wounded in the
hospitals around the city, in the field, on the cars, in the streets, wherever
indeed there is a suffering Georgian who requires comfort and encouragement, or
a deceased one to be buried. I have been a good deal in the hospitals this
summer, and on all the great battle fields in
, and have never failed to find this faithful man at the post of duty, ready
alike to dress a wound, to utter a prayer for the living, and bury the dead.
Another devoted and industrious officer is Mr. ____ Walton, agent for the
collection of claims of deceased soldiers from
. When a soldier is killed in battle or dies in the hospital, his name is
reported to Mr. Wilson, who immediately proceeds to give his assistance free of
charge in collecting all out-standing dues from the government and send the
proceeds to the persons entitled to receive them.
The St. Charles Hotel, on the corner of
and 15th Streets, was opened as a Georgia Wayside Home
the 20th of April, 1863
. Here all Georgians passing through
, either on the way to their homes on furlough, or on their return to the field,
or when proceeding from the hospital to their commands, are accommodated with
food and lodging free of expense. In this way 32,342 men, besides officers, has
been lodged and fed here up to the 25th ult. Government furnishes
about one half of the rations consumed; the balance, as well as the house,
furniture and servants, is supplied by the Association. Better and more uniform
accommodations could be furnished if some of those who are cared for here had a
proper appreciation of the comforts and pecuniary advantages which such a home
affords; but unfortunately they sometimes contract such an attachment for
certain articles of bed and table furniture, that they forget to leave them
behind when they depart. Thus, the innocent are subject to inconvenience and
discomfort by the misconduct of a few. It is in contemplation to make a nominal
charge against officers for lodging, but to allow them free access to the table.
- Thus far they have been accommodated free of expense. While the Home is not
intended for a hospital, many sick and wounded soldiers sojourn there for a
time, and receive such medical and other attention as they may require.
The superintendence of the Home and Store keeps Mr.
Saulsbury, the amiable and attentive agent, and his industrious clerks and
assistants, always busy. Their compensation, as well as that of Dr. Camak, Mr.
Crumley and Mr. Walton, is merely nominal, but they have their reward in the
gratitude of their countrymen, and in the consciousness of a noble duty
earnestly and faithfully performed.
P. W. A.