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STATES RIGHTS GIST(1831 - 1864) Confederate brigadier general who commanded a division at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, led his own brigade in the Atlanta campaign, killed in action leading his men at Franklin. Very rare war-date A.E.S. "S.R.G." penned on the verso of the last page of a lengthy letter to South Carolina Gov. FRANCIS W. PICKENS (who also pens an A.E.S.), 7pp. 4to., Charleston, Oct. 1, 1861 from Edward Frost, chairman of a committee overseeing the Charles Hotel Hospital in Richmond. Frost seeks state contributions to the Virginia hospital which is caring for South Carolina wounded. In small part: "...Soon after the Battle of Manassas...the St. Charles Hotel Hospital was opened for the reception of all wounded and sick volunteers...without discrimination of the States from which they came...The total number of patients who have been admitted to the time of our visit (21 September) was 1800, of whom a little over 600 were South Carolinians...There was every appearance of cleanliness, comfort and care. The patients with whom we conversed were supplied with everything needful. One expressed the liveliest gratitude to the noble hearted Virginians and his hope that the proposed South Carolina Hospitals should be open to all applicants...The appeal sets out the cash contributions to have been $7,960.00 and the expenditures to date (29 August) being for one month and two days $4,680. leaving in the treasury only $3,279. which was insufficient for the month of September...The Committee submits...that a contribution of $5,000 by the State of South Carolina [be made]...for the expenditures made for the relief of its soldiers, under circumstances which did not permit this State to make provisions for them. It is not becoming that the State of So. Ca. should impose on the charity of the generous Virginians the care and charge of its wounded and sick soldiers...". On verso of last page, Gist writes: "Copied & returned S.R.G." beneath which Gov. Pickens writes, in part: "Sent to Genl. Gist at his request [?] to this five thousand dollars were immediately sent to Judge Frost, & Col. Moses says he was [illeg]...T. W. Pickens 8 Oct. 1861". Some ink blotches to Pickens' endorsement, else very good. The Charles Hotel Hospital was a private facility that was crucial in filling the wide gap in providing medical care early in the war.
Estimate $ 600-800

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