From the National Archives, RG 109, Ch. 6, Vol. 707-709; "Letters Received and Sent, Chimborazo Hospital. 1861-64." 3 Vols: Vol. 707. p. 101
Richmond May 17th 1862
I have at this time only two hundred and fifty-six cooks & nurses in my Hospitals, to take care of nearly four thousand sick soldiers, and the owners of these slaves are threatening to remove them to the interior of the country to avoid loosing(?) them.
I am confident a large number, will be removed in a few days unless measures are taken to prevent it. I therefore respectfully ask that these servants, with as many others as may be needed, be immediately impressed, as it will be utterly impossible to continue the Hospitals without them.
Your Obt Servt
J. B. McCaw Surg in Chge
Dr. S. P. Moore
Surg Genl C. S. A.
Richmond , Va
P. S. This subject requires immediate action.
J. B. McCaw