[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
New Regiment — hospitals — Ministerial attention — weather.
Staunton, August 15, 1861.
I have seen notices of the encampments and hospitals at other points, but none of those here.
Our county promptly made up its quota of volunteers, and the new regiment thereby formed is encamped in the beautiful grounds of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind Institution.
In this regiment are two or more companies from Rockbridge
, one of which is commanded by Rev. Mr. Miller
, son of Dr. Miller
, of Princeton
, and himself a Philadelphia pastor.
It is understood that this new regiment will be commanded by Colonel Baldwin
, who, though he was hardly as promptly as the people for secession, is warmly esteemed as a true Southerner and most excellent man.
The Academy building
and the spacious D. and D. and B. Inst
buildings are used as hospitals, the inmates of the latter having being removed to Rev. Mr. Philips
'. Institute.--Buildings better suited for hospital purposes could not be found, and I am glad to hear from those who have visited the hospitals else where in the State
, that ours are at least not surpassed by any in the order and efficiency with which they are managed.
The spiritual wants of the patients are also cared for. The ministers of the town and others visit the sick, follow the dead to their resting place, and hold prayer meetings for the convalescent.
The patients, numbering nearly five hundred, are principally from the unfortunate Northwestern Army and are mostly Gear, giants and Eastern Virginians
The weather is now very cool and pleasant, which will be favorable to the sick.