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the name of Pompey, who had just come down on the RR from Jackson Tenn; and had the night before had all his clothing, money, &c, stolen from him; He was immediately brought here, I ^[[insertion]] saw [[/insertion]] the mashed stump of his arm, and knew that immediate amputation was necessary, to save life

I made inquiry, and ascertained that there was but one Surgeon in the place with the necessary implements, and nothing but assurance of immediate pay, would induce him to operate, so I sent him a note requesting his services with that understanding. He came, and performed the operation very neatly, and I paid him twenty, and his assistant ten dollars and sent the patient to Columbus, where there are accommodations for freemen in his situation. 

His life depended on the operation being performed as soon as possible, and I had sufficient Bureau money just received, to meet their expenses; and presuming that when explained, it would meet with your approval, expended it in that way. Their customary price for amputations is thirty five dollars but they made it five dollars less in consideration of my furnishing bandages & stimulants. By informing me as soon as possible, what I am to do under circumstances like the above you will greatly oblige  

Your obedient servant
[[signature]] Lucius Rew [[/signature]]
Lieut and Provost Marshal of Freedmen

S.D. Barnes             
Lieut and Act. Asst. Adjt. Gen'rl
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