From the National Archives, RG 109, Ch.
6, Vol. 707-709; “Letters Received and Sent, Chimborazo
Hospital. 1861-64.” 3 Vols: Vol. 707. p.
May 17th 1862
I have at this time only two
hundred and fifty-six cooks & nurses in my Hospitals, to take care of nearly
four thousand sick soldiers, and the owners of these slaves are threatening to
remove them to the interior of the country to avoid loosing(?) them.
I am confident a large number,
will be removed in a few days unless measures are taken to prevent it. I
therefore respectfully ask that these servants, with as many others as may be
needed, be immediately impressed, as it will be utterly impossible to continue
the Hospitals without them.
Your Obt Servt
McCaw Surg in Chge
Dr. S. P. Moore
Surg Genl C. S.
P. S. This subject requires immediate action.
J. B. McCaw