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Jackson, Miss March 28th '67 General, Upon examination, I find the number of sick freedmen, at this place, unable to work and dependent on the U.S. for present relief, sufficient to warrant the maintenance of a hospital for their reception at this point There are also here in the hands of the medical officer on duty in the bureau of R. F. and A. L., beds and other hospital furniture which he has been ordered to send to Vicksburg - I therefore recommend that this officer be directed to retain at this place the above named supplies, and to make requisition for hospital and other tents to open a hospital of thirty beds; further that the acting commissary of subsistence at this place be directed to issue to said hospital on the requisition of the surgeon thereof, and to include supplies for it in his regular estimate Very Resply- Yr Obt Svt Jos. R. Smith Bvt Col & Surgeon USA Med Director 4th Mil District Bvt Maj Gen E. O. C. Ord. } Commdg 4th Mil District } Mississippi & Arkansas }
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