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Complaints About Medical Care in Charlottesville

Complaints About Medical Care in Charlottesville

In a September 3, 1861, letter, thirty-four patients in a Confederate hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, petition "his Excellency Jefferson Davis," president of the Confederate States of America, for his help in dealing with incompetent medical care. "Disease is wasting away the glorious army of the Potomac," they wrote. "We have lost

Original Author: Patients of a Confederate hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia

Created: September 3, 1861

Medium: Handwritten letter

Courtesy of National Archives [ARC Identifier 18739]

Jefferson Davis Letter, pages 2 and 3

Original Author: Jefferson Davis

Created: September 3, 1861

Medium: Handwritten letter

Courtesy of National Archives

Petition Concerning Confederate Medical Care

These thirty-four signatures were appended to a September 3, 1861, petition sent from a Confederate hospital in Charlottesville to Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The petition states that widespread disease "is wasting away the glorious Army of the Potomac. We have lost 10 times as many men by sickness as by warfare." The petitioners claim that unfit surgeons, "appointed for political reasons and not with a view to their qualifications," are endangering the "lives of hundreds of brave men … These surgeons have not ordered nor enforced the most ordinary sanitary conditions." In addition, the petition claims that the army's "wheaten bread" is causing illness. The petition ends, "Typhoid fever is fast becoming the scourge and dread of the army and this awful fare is the main and true source of this disease." 

Original Author: Thirty-four petitioners

Created: September 3, 1861

Medium: Handwritten petition

Courtesy of National Archives

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  • Complaints About Medical Care in Charlottesville

    In a September 3, 1861, letter, thirty-four patients in a Confederate hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, petition "his Excellency Jefferson Davis," president of the Confederate States of America, for his help in dealing with incompetent medical care. "Disease is wasting away the glorious army of the Potomac," they wrote. "We have lost

    Original Author: Patients of a Confederate hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Created: September 3, 1861

    Medium: Handwritten letter

    Courtesy of National Archives [ARC Identifier 18739]

  • Petition Concerning Confederate Medical Care

    These thirty-four signatures were appended to a September 3, 1861, petition sent from a Confederate hospital in Charlottesville to Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The petition states that widespread disease "is wasting away the glorious Army of the Potomac. We have lost 10 times as many men by sickness as by warfare." The petitioners claim that unfit surgeons, "appointed for political reasons and not with a view to their qualifications," are endangering the "lives of hundreds of brave men … These surgeons have not ordered nor enforced the most ordinary sanitary conditions." In addition, the petition claims that the army's "wheaten bread" is causing illness. The petition ends, "Typhoid fever is fast becoming the scourge and dread of the army and this awful fare is the main and true source of this disease." 

    Original Author: Thirty-four petitioners

    Created: September 3, 1861

    Medium: Handwritten petition

    Courtesy of National Archives