From the Richmond Daily Whig, 11/1/1861
CHIMBORAZO HOSPITAL – The plateau overlooking Rocketts, known as Chimborazo Hill, has recently been covered with one-story wooden buildings, presenting the appearance of a large Danish village. These buildings were erected by direction of the Quartermaster General of the C.S.A., and were originally designed for winter quarters for a portion of the army, but the determination now is, we believe, to use them for hospital purposes. Two or three hundred sick soldiers are already quartered at the place. The location is said to be a healthy one, and affords an extended and picturesque view of river scenery and the adjacent low grounds.
The buildings are one hundred and nine in number, including kitchens, store-rooms, offices, etc. The dimensions of the main buildings are 80 by 28 feet. The pine boards enclosing the frame work of each structure are mailed on vertically, and the crevices covered with strips. The roofs are shingled. Each house is divided into two apartments by a longitudinal partition. A rough plank floor has been laid in each house. Whether these buildings will answer the purpose for which they are now designed remains to be seen. A driving rain or a drifting snow will surely test their fitness as a place of shelter, and a heavy fall of snow may imperil the roofs, but we presume the quartermaster and contractor have both considered the contingencies indicated, and provided against them as far as practicable.
The buildings have been erected in rows, separated by avenues forty feet wide and from each other, laterally by narrow lanes. Some six or eight of the outside houses were built with a deviation from this rectangular arrangement, in consequence of the proximity to the cliff.
The "hospital" is said to be subdivided into five departments, with a surgeon, steward, nurses, etc. to each. At present only two of these departments have been organized. One important matter, not yet attended to is the drainage of the place. Ditches to carry off water in the event of a heavy rain should be excavated without delay.
Another matter deserving immediate attention is provision against fire. If one of the buildings should become ignited by accident or design, and the flames get beyond control, it would be almost impossible to prevent the destruction of the cantonment. If no better plan can be devised, hogsheads of water, should be placed near every building, and an ample supply of buckets kept on hand.