Enough to make a grown librarian cry


Here’s a little gem I found back on the shelves today. It seems to be a memorandum book of the medical director of Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, which was a facility built to service the needs of the Confederate Army. It functioned between 1862 and 1865, treating over 76,000 injured Confederate soldiers. It achieved a 20 percent mortality rate, and today the site is owned by the National Park Service and is used as the visitor center for the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
This document is plainly in need of a paper conservator (and I know just the guy), but it’s gonna cost a bundle to get all this glued paper separated. Hopefully some Civil War historian or enthusiast will see this post and get excited enough to come to Providence and take a look at this, and even write a little article about it.

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