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Rare Civil War hospital newspaper...
A Civil War era "Dear John" letter...
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September 15, 1863
HAMMOND GAZETTE, Point Lookout, Maryland, Sept. 15, 1863 A very rare newspaper which was printed: "For the Benefit of the Sick and Wounded in Hammond General Hospital" as printed in the masthead. This was one of just 19 hospital newspapers which existed during the Civil War. At some point in 1863 Confederate prisoners began to be held at the hospital as well.
This small-size newspaper printed as a weekly from Nov. 17, 1862 until sometime in 1864. Only a few institutions have some scattered holdings of this title. This is the volume 1 number 44 issue.
Content includes: "The News" with the latest Civil War reports, which includes: "...news has reached us of the surrender of Chattanooga, the 'last ditch' as was supposed, of Bragg, but he has fled in dismay..." and more. Also: "Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator" and various: "Telegrams" with war reports and dispatches from generals (see).
Perhaps of interest for genealogical purposes, the back page is mostly taken up with a: "List of Officers And Patients", being the officers in charge of the hospital with a list of the soldier-patients by name and regiment.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, nice condition.
Wikipedia notes: The Civil War completely transformed the Point. First, the Hammond General Hospital was built in 1862 to care for Union wounded. In 1863, Confederate prisoners began to be held at the hospital; and soon Camp Hoffman, a vast prison camp, was built, eventually holding 20,000 prisoners, of whom more than 3,000 died due to the harsh conditions, limited food rations and poor shelter from the elements.