War of the Rebellion: Serial 116 Page 0526 PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC.

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MADISON, WIS., May 7, 1862.

Colonel J. A. MULLIGAN,

Commanding Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill.:

Send immediately the surgeon of the prisoners of war to report to the commander of camp Randall for service with sick prisoners.

W. HOFFMAN,

Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Madison, Wis., May 7, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel C. WHIPPLE,

Nineteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, Commanding Camp Randall.

SIR: There are many things at Camp Randall which require my personal attention, adn as my duties require my presence elsewhere I have appointed Major R. S. Smith, U. S. Army, to act for me, and I request that all directions and suggestions made by him may receive the same attention as if regulations tending to promote discipline and preserve good order and regulations tending to promote discipline and preserve good order in your camp should be observed with the closest attention.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Lieutenant Colonel Eighth Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF PRISONERS,

Madison, Wis., May 7, 1862.

Major R. S. SMITH, U. S. Army, Madison, Wis.

MAJOR: The state of affairs at Camp Randall rensers it very essential that an officer of rank and experience should have authority to direct and advise in relation to all matters bearing upon the good order, discipline and sanitary condition of the camp, and I have therefore to request that you will so far as you can do so consistently with your other duties in my absence represent me, and in my name give such orders from time to time as may be necessary to insure good order in the camp and the security and weflfare of the prisoenrs of war.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. HOFFMAN,

Lieutenant Colonel Eighth Infantry, Commissary-General of Prisoners.

CAMP NEAR MADISON, WIS., May 7, 1862.

Major SMITH:

As soon as practicable organize the prisoners' hospital under the charge of Doctor Hopkins. Detail from the prisoners sergeants for stewards and ward-masters, and privates for nurses and to wash for the sick. Make arrangements for washing the sick and changing their clothing. They must have clean shirts and drawers and should have sheets and pillow-cases on their beds. Create a fund for the hospital by receiving from the contractor the cost of all rations not drawn and with this fund purchase all articles which may in any way be needed for the sick. The quatermaster will provide all proper supplies for the sick prisoenrs. The sick of the regiment will be under the care of their medical officers and their medicines and stores will be furnished by the medical surgein at Chicago. The bathing tubs prepared by the quartermaster should be put in place and made ready for use immediately.