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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