The hospitals seem to be well tended by the ladies, and their ministrations are very edifying, self-sacrificing and beneficial; yet while some are numerously attended — particularly phase on Main street and vicinity — there are others scarcely visited at all, owing to their being remotes and more difficult of being reached than those located on the principal streets.
That some hospitals are filled while others are not, is no fault of the ladies; for they are ready to go where their services are ded, and their kindness to the wounded most required.
They only desire to have their labors directed by those in charge of hospitals, and will be found ready to submit at any personal inconvenience for the sake of the poor sufferers who solicit their aid. No are in passing through the streets can fail to be struck with the number of women of all characters and conditions of life, who pass him bent on errands of mercy, each with some package, basket of provisions, bouquet of flower for the wounded soldier under he charge.
Ladies drive through the streets with their carriages filled with luxuries; and poor woman, some perhaps needing nourishment themselves as much as those they wish to comport, pass by overburdened with trifles for the sick.
In every building they can be seen carrying around food and water, making comfortable the beds and pillows, bending over the note, fan in hand, talking to the patient the while in a cheerful, kindly tone.
And the result of this is, the wounded bear their sufferings patiently, remaining quietly in their beds while nature is doing its work, the spirits of the men are kept buoyant, and the mind freed from gloomy care and doubt.
The good affects of careful nursing is also seen in the small percentage of deaths resulting from various wounds.
The ladies of Richmond
are engaged in a most noble work, and many a southern wife and mother will bless them for their present labors.