relations and feelings were but little affected in reality; and that personal contact was sufficient to restore kindliness and friendship.
A short while afterwards I was taken from the Twelfth Corps Hospital to David's Island
, which is in Long Island Sound
, near and opposite to New Rochelle, in New York
A long train from Gettysburg
took a large number of Confederate wounded, not only from the Twelfth Corps Hospital but from other hospitals, to Elizabethport
, and from there the wounded were taken by boat to David's Island
We were taken by way of Elizabethport
instead of by way of Jersey City
, on account of a recent riot in New York City.
All along, at every station at which the train stopped, it seemed to me, our wounded received kind attentions from leading ladies, such as Mrs. Broadhead
These ladies brought them delicacies in abundance; and at Elizabethport
these attentions became so conspicuous that Federal officers complained of the neglect of the Union
wounded on the train, and forced the Southern
sympathizers, as they called them, to distribute their delicacies between the wounded of both sides.
When we arrived at David's Island
, we found there a firstclass hospital in every respect.
It was called ‘De Camp General Hospital.’
It consisted of a number of long pavilions, and other buildings delightfully and comfortably arranged, and furnished with every appliance needed to relieve the wounded and sick.
It had been previously occupied by the Federal
sick and wounded.
It was quite a relief for us to get there.
After our arrival, with those already there, three thousand Southern wounded soldiers occupied these pavilions.
Only a few of these were officers.
Most of the wounded were in a very pitiable condition.
The New York Daily Tribune
, of Wednesday, July 29, 1863, had this to say of them:
The sick and wounded.
The sick and wounded Rebels were handled with the same care and tenderness that is bestowed upon our own invalid soldiers.
Those who could not walk were gently carried on stretchers, and those who were able to stand upon their feet were led carefully from the boat to the hospital pavilions.
They were in