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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 12, 1861

Movement to Establish Hospital for Georgians in Virginia

The Richmond Times Dispatch published an article on the movement to establish a hospital for Georgia soldiers in Virginia, where much of the early fighting of the Civil War would take place.

The Georgia Hospital. –A society has been formed in Georgia for the establishment in this city of a hospital for the relief of sick and wounded Georgia soldiers. A Board of Managers resident in this city has been elected, composed of the following gentlemen: Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, Vice- President of the Confederate States, Chairman; Dr. Henry F. Campbell, Physician of the Hospital, Vice-Chairman; Hon. Wm. M. Browne, Assistant Secretary of State; Hon. Philip Clayton, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Wm. H. Pritchard and C. A. Smith, Esqs. Large buildings on 21st street have been rented for the above benevolent purpose, capable of accommodating six or seven hundred patients, and arrangements are made to rent additional accommodation should the necessity arise. The establishment is under the medical direction of Dr. H. F. Campbell, and steps are being taken to secure the services of a number of efficient nurses, cooks, and other attendants.

The same newspaper also published a quote from Macon on the number of Georgia troops amassing in Virginia.

Georgia in the field. –There are now in the field, and in the camp ready for movement, somewhere about 30,000 Georgia troops, and we are informed that Governor Brown has had the tender of about 50 companies more. The “Empire State” of the South is doing and will do her whole duty in the pending contest.–Macon Citizen, 30th