Document 7 Transcript Culpepper, C. H., Aug 26th 1861 Dear Madam, I have found it impossible to find one mo- ments time to write before. As soon as I arrived here I visited the Presbyterian church, and Smiths Hospital, found one ward without a female nurse. There was two body,s brought in while I was here. There was another in the same ward, they thought would die before night, I have worked faithfully with him, he is alive yet and the Dr. says better. I feel greatly interested in the few cases her. The ladies were not willing to nurse in that ward, on account of the fever. There is one Alabamian, wounded, and two with fever here, but neither can be moved, quite a number have got a little better, and gone in the country. There appears to be a plenty of every thing here but badly managed. It is not a good plan to have a matron that has relatives and friends all around her, for there is a great many things sent to the soldiers they never see. Then they have their favourites, things that is absolutely necessary for the sick, go for them they will tell me they have not got them. I cannot have them, and perhaps by the time I get to my ward I will see a well man coming with the very article I had called for. So you see my hands are tied. There is a gentleman here from S. Carolina says Beauregard will not have a hospital nearer the enemy than this. Miss Swope has gone to visit the 11th Ala Regiment I am in hopes they will make some different arrangement if she succeeds I will let you know. Mrs. Frazier leaves to- morrow, she will be missed very much. She is a most excellent nurse. Her services are invaluable. Is a lady of great feeling. Yourself and the Judge will please accept my thanks for what you have done for me. Yours Truly M.H. Sanborn
"Letter from M.H. Sanborn to Mrs. Hopkins, 26 Aug. 1861," Alabama Hospitals in Richmond, Administrative files, SG13406, folder 1, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.
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