Chimborezo Hospital again.
To the Editors of the Dispatch. --Sirs:
In your issue of the 26th, you state, ed torially,
various facts with regard to the hospitals under my charge 1st That the men had not a single strick of wood on Sunday after 10 o'clock. 2d, That the men have but two meals a day. 3d.
That there is neither Commandant, Commissary, or Quartermaster
of the post.
Allow me to reply that the first statement is not correct.
The post has never less than five cords of wood and sometimes seven or eight cords of wood every day, last Sunday in cluded;
and, sir, if you will pesuade some of your reasers who sympathize with the soldier but won't sell him wood at the enormous price of six dollars a cord,
I will buy one thousand cords at that price, and pay cash for it.
The statement there is no commandant quartermaster, or commissary, is not correct.
I claim to be the surgeon in charge; Capt.
H. A Claiborne is the commissary, and Capts. Whitfield
, and Selden
are the quartermasters.
We have urgently petitioned for a military commandant, and would be very much obliged to you if you will get us a man who will undertake and attend to this department.
Lastly, The statement that the men have but two meals a day is partially true.
The sick men are fed under the direction of the attending surgeons, but the convalesceats who go to the table are served with breakfast from 8 to 10, and with dinner from 2 to 4 o'clock. They have every variety of food, including fish, molasses, and all the vegetables that can be purchased from the numer ous sympathisers with the sick soldiers, and very often at war prices.
Not less than $1,200 a month is spent, besides the regular soldier's rations; and if you will be good enough to get the public to be a little more moderate in their profits, I hope yet to improve their diet considerably.