From the Richmond Daily Whig, 7 May 1862
CAMP WINDER – There are at the camp near the Reservoir, about 2,500 sick
soldiers, who are suffering very much for want of suitable food and attendance.
It is impossible that their wants can be supplied without the cooperation of the
citizens; and we are authorized to say that any provisions suitable to the
exigencies of the case, that may be deposited at the depot of the Young Men’s
Christian Association (corner of Bank & 9th street) will be promptly
sent to the camp. We trust the ladies – so ready to aid in every good work, -
will lend their assistance. Cooked provisions of all kinds, bed clothing, and
servants, are particularly needed.
The Surgeon at the post is Dr. A. G. Lane, who has done everything in his
power to promote the sanitary condition of the place, and to minister to the
relief of the patients. He has six assistants, who are also, we learn, very
attentive to their duties. It is obvious, however, that this force is inadequate
– that it is impossible for seven physicians, however assiduous they may be to
give proper attention to so large a number of patients. If the Surgeon General
cannot, or will not, detail other assistants, we hope that some of our medical
men will volunteer their services hour an hour or two each day.