#L10-30-64

Confederate Surgeon’s Appointment – Moved from Sumter Hospital in Andersonville to Camp Lawton – October 30th, 1864

This 2 page document in ink is headed, “Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, Geo. Oct. 30th, 1864”.   Asst. Surgeon W. B. Harrison, who had been in charge of Camp Sumter Hospital in Andersonville, Georgia, has been ordered to report to Camp Lawton and report to Surgeon B. I. Herndon.  This order was given by Isaiah H. White, Chief Surgeon, Prison District. 

Harrison’s health was not good, and he was compelled to check himself in to the Hospital for treatment himself.  He states, “My health is much reduced and do not feel able for duty.”  You can image the horrible conditions he had at Andersonville.  He writes, “Accompanying this I send a true copy of orders to report to Hospital. W. B. Harrison Asst. Surg. P. A. C. S.” 

On the reverse of the document is written: “Hd. Quars. Macon, Geo. Oct. 30th, 1864.  Asst. Surg. W. B. Harrison will report to Joshua Gore, Surgeon Chge. Hospital for Distribution by command Marcuss J. Wright Genl. Comdg. Post.  Asst. Surg. Harrison will report to Ocmulgee Hospital for treatment. Joshua Gore Surgeon Chg. Hospital Macon Ga. Oct. 30th 1864.”

The document is in very good condition.  Obviously anything talking about Andersonville and Camp Lawton is extremely rare.  In looking up the names mentioned in the letter, we find that Chief Surgeon Isaiah H. White is mentioned many times in the book, “The Story of Camp Lawton, The World’s Largest Prison” by John K. Derden, and of course Marcus J. Wright was a Confederate Brigadier General.  A wonderful piece of Confederate medical history.   

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Transcription:

Docket at top:    

W. B. Harrison Asst. Surg. 
Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, Geo.
Oct. 30th, 1864

Surgeon S. H. Stout,  
I have the honor to inform your office that I have been relieved from duty at Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Geo., in charge of Sumter Hospital, and been ordered to report to Camp Lawton to Surgeon B. I. Herndon in charge of Post for assignment to duty.

By order:  

Isaiah H. White
Chief Surgeon Prison District

I have been compelled to report to Hospt. for treatment. My health is much reduced and do not feel able for duty. Accompanying this I send a true copy of orders to report to Hospital.

W. B. Harrison   
Asst. Surg. P. A. C. S.

On Reverse:     Hd. Quars. Macon, Geo. Oct. 30th, 1864

Asst. Surg. W. B. Harrison will report to Joshua Gore, Surgeon Chge. Hospital for Distribution.

By Command
Marcuss J. Wright
Genl. Comdg. Post
Asst. Surg. Harrison will report to Ocmulgee Hospital for treatment.

Joshua Gore
Surgeon Chg. Hospital

Macon Ga. Oct. 30th 1864

Docketed on side:

Macon, Ga. Oct. 30, 64
Asst. Surg. W. B. Harrison
Copy of orders etc.  at Macon during illness







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