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    [Civil War-Hospitals]. Autographed Letters Signed Addressed to Colonel Henry Brevard Davidson, CSA. A group of 4 letters to Davidson, all dated during November 1862, when Davidson was in command of the Confederate military post at Staunton, Virginia. Three of the letters relate to Confederate hospitals under Davidson's command. 1) George W. Randolph autograph letter signed "Geo. W. Randolph." One page (on CSA War Department stationary), 7.75" x 10", circa March 24-November 15, 1862; Richmond, Virginia. Letter to Davidson which Randolph wrote: "You will remove the military from the Court House and Clerks Office at Staunton, and, if necessary, place a guard to keep the buildings clear of trespassers to the Army." 2) Z. B. Herndon autograph letter signed "Z B Herndon." One page, 7.75" x 10", November 6, 1862; Staunton, Virginia. Herndon, of the CSA's Medical Purveyors Office in Staunton writes to Davidson regarding a Dr. Waddell's requisition to be transferred from a hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He wrote, in part: "I am informed by an employee on the Hospital at Harrisonburg that Dr. Waddell has been ordered elsewhere and that at present he has no patients in his Hospital. Influenced by these facts & the scarcities of medical supplies I have concluded to retain his requisition for a day or two until proper instructions can be received. It can both be finished before tomorrow & in the meantime I can hear from the Surg. Genl." 3) Z. B. Herndon autograph letter signed "Z B Herndon." Two pages (one sheet), 7.5" x 10", November 6, 1862; Staunton, Virginia. Herndon received a response from Davidson on the same day as his letter above, and immediately wrote back, in part, claiming "you begin by saying neither of the reasons given by me for not filling Dr. Waddell's requisition is correct. From a subsequent remark I have the charity to believe you misinterpreted a portion of my letter; for you quote me as saying I filled Dr. Leas requisition because I heard unofficially that he had been sent to Harrisonburg by the Surg. Genl. I gave no reason for filling Dr. Leas requisition but for not filling Dr. Waddell's. The second reason, that Dr. Waddell had been ordered to Harrisonburg by you & was afterwards ordered elsewhere by Dr. Williams is proven true...by your assertion. That he had been ordered away is a part of the unofficial information to which I alluded, as is likewise the assertion that Dr. Lea refuses to admit patients into his Hospital: all of which came to my knowledge since seeing you. The truth of which I know nothing, but had no reason for doubting it in the absence of testimony to the contrary.... I have not refused to fill Dr. Waddell's Requisition but have merely delayed doing so until I am instructed to send the supplies of medicine to our Hospital, which is unusual." 4) Thomas H. Williams autograph letter signed "Thos. H. Williams." One page, 7.5"x 9.5", November 21, 1862; Lynchburg, Virginia. Williams, Medical Director & Inspector, CSA Army, wrote to Davidson, in part: "I have the honor to acknowledge the reception of the report of Surgeon Woolrick, relative to the Hospital establishment at New Hope, with your endorsement thereon, and would state in reply that Drs. Temple and Hill, being attached to the command of Gen. R.E. Lee, are not under my jurisdiction, and I have therefore referred the matter to the Surgeon General for his action."

    Henry Brevard Davidson (1831-1899) was a graduate of West Point and an officer in the U.S. Army before the Civil War. At the outbreak of the war, he resigned his commission and served in various staff positions in the Confederate army. On August 27, 1862, he was appointed as the colonel in command of the military post at Staunton, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. On August 18, 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general and first commanded brigades of cavalry in the Western Theater, particularly in Tennessee and Georgia. In 1864, he was transferred to Virginia and served in the Valley Campaigns of 1864. At the end of the war, he served in the Carolina Campaign.

    Condition: The letters have the usual folds; each shows residue on the verso of brown paper on which they were attached at one time. One letter with mat burn. Otherwise good condition.


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