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s for those prostrated by disease; and the patriotism does not end here, as every one who has been so unfortunate as to be sick will readily attest. I visited the hospital yesterday, and, high as is my opinion of their kindness, I was truly surprised to observe the self-sacrificing attention bestowed upon all the sick. No soldier who has been returned to his company, after spending a week at Camp Mercer Hospital, will ever forget the ladies of Fredericksburg. One poor fellow, thinking he was about to die, said to his nurse and friend from his company: "Tell Mother that the ladies have been very, very kind to me, and that I would have died much sooner but for their soothing touches." M. P. S.--Instead of a barn being burned, as I said above, I now learn certainly that it was the dwelling of Dr. Hooe. The hand of Providence is evidently protecting our men; for, frequently during the firing, shells bursted within six feet of them without inflicting the slightest scratch. M.