John D. Jackson



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Personal Name Recipient

Joynes, L. S. (Levin Smith)




Letter from John D. Jackson to L. S. Joynes recommending John W. Templeton as a medical student.


In Camp with Johnsons Br[i]g[ade] near Chaffin's Bluff Sept[ember] 5th 1864 Dr. Joynes D[ear] Sir In this mornings "Examiner" I noticed an advertisement of the "Annual Course of Lectures of the Medcial College of Va." I will be obliged to you if you will send me a copy of the Catalogue There has been with me for the past two years, a young man Mr. John W. Templeton an hospital Steward appointed by the Sec[retary] of War Who if it be at all possible I should like very much to have the benefit of a course of Lectures this session. He has attended one course of Lectures at Nashville Tenn[essee], and been connected with the Medical Dep[ar]t[ment] of the Army since the battle of "Shiloh," is of the good mind, sufficently good priliminary education of good morals, and very deligent, and thoroughly trustworthy in the discharge of his duties. When the war is over he will be compelled to rely entirely upon his own individual execrtions for a live- lihood, and if it be possible I should like to procure him an opportunity of attending the ensuing course of Lectures at your Institution with a view to gradu - ation and dutiance into the Army next Spring, as Ass[istan]t Surgeon I shall dislike very much to loose the services of as intelligent and trustworthy a person as he is, as my "hospital stewards," feeling confident that I will not easily have his place refilled, but my regard for his future welfare induces me to lay aside any consideration of temporary inconvenience on my part, and to request you to inform me whether it would be possible to get him transfered to "Hospital Duty" in the city with an opportunity of attending the College or if you know of any way in which the end in view may be accomplished. Any trouble on your part I am sure would be greatfully appreciated by a young man,(at pres - ent ignorant of any effort in his behalf) who may prove an ornament to our profession, and I am sure will never disgrace it, and also by. Yours most sincerely John D. Jackson Sen[io]r Surg[eon] Johnson's Br[i]g[a]d[e] Dep[artmen]t of Richmond [Addressed:] To L.S. Joynes M.D. Dean of Faculty of "V[irgini]a Med[ical] College" Dr, John D. Jackson Senior [crossout Chief] Surgeon Johnson's Brig[ade] Sept. 5, 1864 Relating to transfer of a Hospital Steward to Richmond

Personal Name Subject

Templeton, John W.

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.)

Original Item Size

3 p.


letters of recommendation

Local Genre

text; archives



Digital Format



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

Physical Folder

Civil War Hospital Stewards


Original letter: Letter from John D. Jackson to L. S. Joynes, 1864 September 5; 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 John D. Jackson to L. S. Joynes, 1864 September 5



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