From the Augusta (GA) Constitutionalist,
, p. 1
Special Correspondence of the Constitutionalist,
- FRENCH INTERFERENCE - PEACE AND RECOGNITION.
Jan 1, 1863
Mr. Editor: It
has been my purpose for several days to give you a full account of the
management of the
in this city, as well as other matters, that would be interesting to your
readers. But, because of indisposition, I have been enabled thus far to visit
but two of the asylums for our sick and wounded soldiers - the 1st and 2d. Of
them, I will briefly speak; the others I will notice hereafter.
is under the charge of Dr. J. A. S. Milligan, assisted by F. C. Ellison,
Sterling C. Eye, and J. L. Ingram. Dr Milligan is, I believe, of your city. His
constant and unremitting attention to his arduous duties is universally
acknowledged by all who have been inmates of his hospital. He is a man of an
intellectual face, and a perfect gentleman in his demeanor. I never saw him but
once. His reputation as a physician is high. Of his assistants, I doubt not but
they are what they ought to be.
Dr. Ellison, of
, I know well. He is of great promise in his profession. There are 169 beds in
this Hospital, and they are all filled. The servants of both sexes are requisite
in number, and are faithful ad attentive; and every convenience and comfort, in
the way of provisions, is abundant.
The 2d Hospital is under the charge of Surgeon D. C.
O’Keefe, assisted by Drs. S. B. Simmons and G. G. Palmer. Dr. O’Keefe, I
believe, received his professional education in your city. He understands his
business thoroughly; and he is a high-toned, warm-hearted, sympathetic Irishman,
no better man in
could have been found for his place. There are 124 patients in this Hospital,
and I regret to say that a number of them have the small pox. What I have said
of the 1st may, with truth, be said of the 2d. From personal observation I can,
without the fear of contradiction, say to the fathers, mothers, and friends in
of those who may be inmates of these Hospitals that they are at home.
[Last paragraph goes
on to express hope for French intervention and prospects of Confederate success.