From the National Archives, RG 109, Ch. 6, Vol. 364, “Letters Sent & Received,
Medical Director’s Office, 1864-65.” p. 82
Office, 18 May ‘64
I have the honour to request that
the buildings and grounds at the old fair grounds, at Main st, lying partly
within the corporate limits of Richmond and for some time in use as Barracks for
the City guard force be at once turned over to me for Hospl purposes.
I consider this very important for
the service; as a Receiving Hospital is needed at this point and its proximity
to the RRs and the large Hos in the upper portion of the city offer great
The Hospitals now opened are
insufficient, and I can suggest more suitable places for barracks.
The Surgeon Genl has verbally
approved and suggested this application.
Very Respy &c
Wm. A. Carrington
Sec. of War