Sanitary Supplies for the Army.
Editor of the Whig & Republican:
The undersigned having just returned from a visitation to Gen. Grant's army, and being under special mission to solicit and forward sanitary contributions to our hospitals and regiments [unknown]dth, begs leave hereby to report briefly to Headquarters in the matter.
Not withstanding the infesting guerrilla attacks, the repeated raids of the enemy, and the consequent countermarchings of our troops, my mission, under a kind Providence, was more fully accomplished than expected, in sanitary visitation.
I visited the General, Post and Regimental Hospitals in Columbus, Ky., Jackson and La Grange, Tenn., and Corinth, Holly Springs and Oxford, Miss., and a number of stations on the way. As desired, I particularly ascertained what were their real wants, supplies and prospects, and furnished such things and rendered personally and professionally such aid in passing and in emergencies as lay in my power. And rest assured I found abundance to do everywhere. At one time, when the advancing troops below Oxford were rapidly falling back, and a number of the sick in transitu had no surgeon present, it was my fortune to be at hand and assume their medical care, and also to act the surgeon's part in the case of a poor soldier severely wounded on the way.
While I have the pleasure to state that I found the sanitary condition of the hospitals generally good, it is painful to say that many of our soldiers in the field and by the way are extremely destitute of clothing and all temporal comforts, by reason of hard marches, the destructive raids, and no service pay.
There are what might be called three departments or classes of sanitary wants, having respectively their peculiar as well as common claims: 1. The General and Post Hospitals. 2. Regimental Hospitals and company stations along the roads. 3. Soldiers' Homes, which are too few as well as too poorly supplied. Exigencies compel their most temporary creation in the field, and existing circumstances render their local being most transient, yet they are of very great relief to the poor, feeble, wayfaring soldiers away from their regiments, but not proper subjects for a General Hospital, were one within reach. Hence they also have strong claims to sanitary supplies, as thereon they mainly depend.
I expect in a few days hence to set off on another similar mission of benevolence to our soldiers South, and will take in charge what sanitary benefactions the good ladies of Quincy and vicinity may be pleased to prepare in their generous Societies, or otherwise collect and commit to my care in forwarding and distributing as designed.
Contributions can be left at the store of J. C. Palmer, next door to the Post Office.