From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/10/1861 , p. 2
Fiske-Fund Prize Questions. – We see by the following notice, that Dr. E. S. Gaillard, Surgeon of the First Regiment Maryland Volunteers, has just taken the Fiske-Fund Prize.
"The trustees of the Fiske Fund, at the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Medical Society, held in Providence , June 12, 1861 , announced that they had awarded a premium of one hundred dollars to E. S. Gaillard, M. D., for the best dissertation on 'Ozone – its relations to health and disease.'"
The essays were handed in by the first of May. May-be the enterprising Rhode Islanders intended to steal the money back from the Doctor, if they encountered him at Manassas . No doubt some that came with Governor Sprague had that idea in view when they enlisted.