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Joynes, L. S. (Levin Smith)




Letter from J. M. Rushton to L. S. Joynes expressing interest in attending lectures at the Medical College of Virginia.


Edgefield District S[outh] Carolina Oct[ober] the 13th 1864 To Dean of the Medical Faculty Sir I desire to attend the Lectures at your College this winter. I am a first course student. I attended a course at the Augusta Medical College in the fall and winter of 1860 and [18]61. Immediately after I got home from the Lectures I vol- unteered in the 7th S.C. Reg[imen]t in which reg[imen]t I served until at the battle of Sharpsburg M[arylan]d {Sept[ember]. 17 1862} where I was wounded in the right shoulder, which has pro- duced anchylosis. I was furloughed home. The first of this year I went before the Medical board and got a certificate of permanent disability, which I sent to the 7th S.C. Reg[imen]t. togeather with a petition to exempt me from service this year to teach school, which petition was approved. So I have been teaching school this year. My exemption ceases at the end of this year unless I get it renewed. I would thank you to write me immediately how I must proceed in order to get to your College; and to be allowed the privilege of attending the Lectures for graduation. I will go before the board for another certifi- cate of disability; and will wait to hear from you unitl the 10th of Nov[ember]. unless I hear from you sooner. Please send me a circular of your College. I am now teaching school. My school will soon be up. Address me at Lott's Post office Edgefield District South Carolina. I will patiently await your answer which I hope to recieve very soon. I subscribe myself your obedient servant J[ohn] M. Rushton. [Endorsement:] J[ohn] M. Rushton Lott's P.O. S.C. Oct[ober] 13 1864 Enquiring into the means of getting to Richmond to attend Lectures. Has permanent anchylosis of right shoulder.

Corporate Name Subject

Medical College of Virginia -- History -- 19th century

Topical Subject

Medical colleges -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- Archives

Geographic Subject

Richmond (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Archives

Corporate Medical Subject

Medical College of Virginia -- history

Topical Medical Subject

Schools, Medical -- history -- Virginia


Richmond (Va.)

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2 p.


letters (correspondence)

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text; archives



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This material is in the public domain in the United States and thus is free of any copyright restriction. Acknowledgement of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Sanger Historical Files (1859-1865), Excerpts

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Civil War Hospital Stewards


Original letter: Letter from J. M. Rushton to L. S. Joynes, 1864 October 13; War, Civil Hospital Stewards; Sanger Historical Files, Accession Number # 82/Jan/1, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

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Letter from J. M. Rushton to L. S. Joynes, 1864 October 13



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