Chimborazo Hospital has nearly 4,000 patients and 256 employed slaves to help care for the men.

Dr. James B. McCaw, head surgeon at Richmond’s Chimborazo Hospital, reports to his superior that he has nearly 4,000 patients and 256 employed slaves to help care for the men. He now requests that these slaves be impressed into military service in order to avoid their inevitable return to their owners during this critical time.

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