Huntersville, Sept. 3, 1861.
Before leaving Huntersville
, where I have been stationed for the past five weeks as surgeon, I feel it my duty, as it certainly is my pleasure, to return publicly my grateful acknowledgments to the ladies of ‘"Cub Creek Church,"’ Charlotte county
, and to the ‘"Ladies' Secession Aid Society,"’ of Lexington
, for the kindly and timely aid, in the shape of bedding, clothes, &c., &c., extended to our soldiers, who have been sick here.
Mrs. Paul McNeil
, and other ladies of this county, are entitled to our heartfelt thanks for the valuable assistance which they have rendered us by furnishing our sick with a full supply of properly cooked bread, and that without any compensation.
For myself, I can say that, called to contend with disease in its most protean forms, in a sparsely settled and sterile country, where very few of the appliances of my profession could be obtained, the contributions of the ladies were God-sends indeed, and I am sure they will ever be held in grateful remembrance by our soldiers, whose sufferings they have so much alleviated.
‘"What State could fall!
what Empire could decay, if the noisy zeal of war's patriotism were as pure as the silent loyalty of woman's love?"’ We have had under treatment during the month of August, 500 patients, of whom more than four hundred have been returned cured to their respective regiments, thirteen have died, and twenty-nine are now sick in bed. The balance are convalescent, and will in a few days be sent on to the army.
I make this statement for the satisfaction of the friends of our soldiers, as I have been informed that there have been exaggerated accounts of the mortality in the army of the Northwest.