Download Full Text (7.1 MB)

Personal Name Recipient

Joynes, L. S. (Levin Smith)




Letter from H. L. Ray to L. S. Joynes asking about the process for attending the Medical College of Virginia.


H[ead] Q[uarters] Parole Comp, Columbus Ga. Sept[ember] 25 1864 Professor L. S. Joines, [Joynes] Richmond Va. Sir, I read Medicine in 1857-8, attended a course of Lectures at Nashville in 1859, obtained licence to practice physic from the medical examine board of North Alabama in the spring of 1860,-continued to practice medicine at Rodgersville Alabama until January 1862 when I was elected Captain of a company composed of gallant and noble young men. In compliance with the wishes and the attachments that I had form{ed} for those men, I remained with them in the midst of privations, and the many casulaties of war, until my company is almost extinct. So much so indeed that I have been ordered from the line to command the Parole Camp at this place, which is a very desirable position for an officer who wishes to occupy the position, but not for myself. I prefered a position as a medical officer at the beginning to that of a line office, it remains my preference, or rahter to finish my medical education, for I expect to resume the practice of medecine if, I should be so fortunate to Survive this war, consequently I feel more interest in the medical department, and that I am naturaly better fitted for it and that it is my proper Sphere in life. - I now wish to attend a course of Lectures and graduate. I know there is a medical faculty at Richmond for the benefit of those who wish to complete their medical education, but how They attain this favor, as rather how I am to I Know not, will you be so Kind Professor L.S. Joines[Joynes] to inform me whether I can be admitted as an assistant Surgeon and take charge of a ward, and hear Lectures also, or must I resign and enter as a Hospital Steward, in short on what terms will students be admitted in the Medical College at Richmond. What is the tuition,; will not Students be furnished Rations as Hospital Stewards and Surgeons are; must they, Students, be detailed and by whom; how shall I proceed in my present position to gain admittance in your medical college; by complying with my request you will confer a great favor upon a well wisher of the medical Science. - I will be able to give any certificate which may be requested of me I am very respectfully your obt. sert. H[ugh] L. Ray Capt[ain] com[man]d[in]g. Parole camp Columbus Ga [Endorsement:] H[ugh] L. Ray captain comm[an]d[in]g Parole camp Columbus Ga. Sept[ember] 23 1864 Inquiring to the ways and means of at- tending lectures.

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

2 p.


letters (correspondence)

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 H. L. Ray to L. S. Joynes, 1864 September 23; 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.

File Name


Letter from H. L. Ray to L. S. Joynes, 1864 September 23



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.