From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/29/1861, p. 2
Sick Soldiers and the Ladies. - A private in the Princeton Guard, writing from Camp Lee, under the date of yesterday, speaking of sick soldiers, says:
"We had, for several days, the fore-part of this week, 25 or 30 sick soldiers, (I think a detachment of a Louisiana regiment,) who, as we are informed by them, received little or no attention, and who would have suffered but for some kindness from soldiers, entire strangers to them. We came to the city the 24th, informed a friend of their condition, who communicated with the ladies, who sent for the sick soldiers yesterday, 25th. We suppose they are in the hands of the ladies now, and know if they are they will be taken care of.
"The ladies of Richmond will long be remembered by the soldiers of the South. We might say, the ladies of the Southern Confederacy will ever be reverenced by the soldiers. Mighty has been her work, and with a will has she applied her indomitable energy. Much will we owe to the ladies for our independence.
"If we get sick while here, send us to the ladies of Richmond. We are happy to see them about our camps; they cheer us with their presence."