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From: "DonLinda" <>
Subject: Sanitary Comm.; Draft Enrollmt. July 19-1864
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 12:31:01 -0400
transcribed/submitted by L.Schmidt, August 2006
Letters from Prof. N.F. Wright
City Point, Va., July 8, 1864
D.D. Waite, Esq.-
Dear Sir, - I left Batavia for City Point on Wednesday, July 6th, and arrived in Washington in twenty-five hours, tarrying at Elmira about two hours, and about the same length of time at Baltimore. Immediately on arriving at Washington I reported myself at the Sanitary rooms, received my commission for a month's labor, and an introductory letter to Mr Fay, director of sanitary operations at City Point. My outfit was soon made up, consisting of a haversack filled with crackers, two army shirts and an army blanket. At 1 o'clock I started for City Point on the Charlott Vanderbilt, a Mail Boat, with fifteen others of like persuasion. Whilst tarrying at Fortress Monroe, the Baltimore boat brought from Philadelphia 14 delegates of the Christian Commission. Among this number were Prof. Learned, of Buffalo High School, Rev Mr Simpkins, of Alexander, and a teacher of the Junior department of Lockport Union school. My friend, Mr Rumsey, who left Batavia the day previous to my start!
ing, reported himself at the Sanitary rooms on Wednesday, but had not arrived to take passage with me. He will undoubtedly be along a day or two. Whilst tarrying at Hampton Roads, I went ashore; visited Fortress Monroe, and among others I saw the great Lincoln Gun, in barbett, weighing 48009 lbs. I made the entire circuit of the Fortress in company with Judge Davis, of New York, and found every thing within the enclosure tidy and pleasant, and the Fortress itself seemed impregnable.-In many parts of the grounds the Artillery men were engaged in active drill.
The Government is also fitting up the grounds called the Rip Raps, so that the space enclosed must comprehend about an acre of ground and presenting in a circle the appearance of a circular water battery of about a hundred guns, presenting as formidable an obstacle to an enemy entering the Roads as the Fortress itself.
At 10 o'clock a.m. we started for City Point distant ninety miles from Fortress Monroe, and arrived about 4 1/2 o'clock p.m. On our way up the River we saw the top mast of the ill fated Congress, and where the Cuberland went down. We passed Sewall's Point, Jamestown, Fort Powhattan, Harrison's Landing &c.
City Point is as full of hum as a bee hive. All kind of craft fill the river from the noisy tugboat to the government transport, and back of the Point we see lines of dust indicating the long lines of army wagons passing to, and returning from the front. I now expect to take a few turns through the hospitals to-morrow.
Sunday Morning, July 11.
Yesterday morning before breakfast I took a stroll, and the first thing that attracted my attention was loading mules into a boat to be transported to camp Stoneman, near Washington. Many of them will be recruited after a furlough of a few weeks, and be returned to service, whilst many having become diseased will undoubtedly be pronounced fit only for the pistol ball back of the ear, and will take a furlough sine die, forever.
After breakfast, I took a boat with others and passed up the Appomattox about a mile and a half, to Hospital Point. During the day I visited many hospitals. All the wounded have been removed and none but the comfortably sick are remaining. Although just the present time does not call for very active service towards the sick or wounded, yet by interesting ourselves as we would naturally if the same were our own brothers, we find constant opportunities for encouragement to the soldier.
In the afternoon I visited the Army Cemetery, in which there were about four hundred and fifty recently dug graves. Every grave was properly marked by a head board, so that friends can easily distinguish the graves of their relatives. I then visited the hospital of some of Sheridan's Cavalry, and in the first tent that I entered I found Col. Town, of Michigan, who visited Batavia last winter and addressed the people one Sabbath evening the Presbyterian Church. He is low with the dysentery, but I think he will recover. He has resigned and the papers are in process of preparation. His state of health tenders such a step imperative, although I think that no man more regrets the necessity than Col. Town.
It has been a comparatively quiet time to-day as reported by those in the hospitals who can quite accurately judge from the firing. - The hospitals are about six miles from Smith's headquarters.
This evening friend Rumsey arrived from Washington, but will return to Washington on the first mail boat. He finds that his brother left City Point soon after he left Washington, and that they passed one another. He learns from the Surgeon that his brother was badly wounded in the breast by a spent ball, and likewise had a fever. He feels it his duty to look him up the first thing.
During the day on Saturday I visited the colored hospital, where Miss Gilson, of Mass. has the entire charge. She is truly an angel of mercy, and by her constant labors she endears herself to the colored people.
In a Sanitary Barge,
Out in the James River, opposite City Point,
July 11, 1864.
Soon after breakfast yesterday morning Gen. Upton called at the Sanitary Barge. He is looking remarkably well, and has of late obtained his commission of Brigadier Generalship. He thinks that justice was considerably delayed, when considering the strong claim presented for promotion. He tells me that promotion finally came through the direct recommendation of Gen.. Grant, and that he does not feel particularly indebted to other sources. Upton's command is about to embark for some place. We often at home complain at the slow progress of army movements, but let one witness the breaking camp, marching through the dust five or six hours, with horses, wagons, tents, &c.; see the whole loaded into boats, and no one afterwards, unless he is exceedingly unreasonable, will grumble at the tardy movements of the army.
The superintendent of the Sanitary Commission, F.B. Fay, at City Point, has assigned to Dr Woodbury and myself for special labor, the convalescent camp, the Bull Ring, and ten wards of hospitals lying near these places. The Bull Ring, comprises various characters, such as deserters, stragglers, cowards, and those disgraced for various causes, and now and then a case wrongfully trundled in there. The most revolting case that we have met in the Ring, and which caries with it the most demoralizing influence in the mind of the beholder, is a young man who is reported to have been demented by a shell bursting over his head and afterward hit over the head by an officer with the butt of a gun. He is there for the most of the time sitting on the ground playing in the dirt, almost naked, and muttering incoherently. We reported the case to Col Gates the Post Commander, and found in the afternoon that he had been removed. There is another case in the convalescent camp, of insanity.!
A jovial fellow, all about the camp, having a ready and witty answer for every question. He regards McClellan a ghost, Grant as invisible, and that he and the President are about to bring affairs to a close.
Between one and two hundred barrels of pickles were piled upon the shore yesterday, and about the same number of dried apples. A wharf is about to be built for the Sanitary use. We go out each half day, take a memorandum of items, present a requisition of same at the Sanitary office, and what the Sanitary can supply of our memorandum we take along in our next visit. We are situated so near Sanitary Headquarters that we eat and sleep regularly upon the Sanitary Barge.
Yours in haste,
Enrollment for the Draft.
It will be a matter of interest to the public to know, that according to the present Enrollment law, the enrolling officers are required at all times to add to the roll. All persons who arrive at the age of 20 years, aliens who declare their intention to become citizens, persons who are discharged from the army or navy, who have not served two years, and all persons who are not already enrolled. And it is the privilege of any person enrolled to apply to the Board of Enrollment to be stricken from the roll on producing satisfactory evidence of being an alien, or a non-resident, or over 45 years of age, or permanent physical disability; and public officers, clergymen, and other citizens, are invited to give any information to the Board of Enrollment which will aid them in making any proper correction of the Rolls.
The Board of Enrollment will hear applications to be stricken from the Roll in the cases before mentioned, at Lockport July 22d; at Batavia, July 25th and 26th; and at Warsaw, Aug. 2d and 3d. All the public newspapers in the District will no doubt confer a favor upon their readers by giving publicity to these facts.
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