From the Richmond Whig, 8/14/1861
THE HOSPITALS. - In our visits to the city hospitals, we
find that the lack of assistants is quite apparent. In institutions of this kind
there should always be a sufficient force of servants to maintain scrupulous
cleanliness. We, therefore, earnestly suggest to the Mayor, the propriety
of detailing a portion of the free negro force now employed on the
fortifications, for this important service. We believe that the assistance, in
nursing and attendance, which many of these men could render at the hospitals,
would be instrumental in saving the lives of some of our soldiers.
We again urge the removal of the wounded prisoners, as soon
as possible, from the General Hospital, in order that our own men, who are
entitled to the first consideration, may occupy this airy and commodious
building. There are numbers of the Yankees ho could be easily removed, and those
badly wounded could be put together in one wing. Until we hear some good
objection to this proposition, we shall urge it again and again.