Monday, 1863 June 15, Mobile, Alabama [a Confederate surgeon’s general orders]: “Surgeons’ Stewards . . . will not speak in loud tones or in familiar language”

Office of Surgeon C. S. A. Station
Mobile, Alabama June 15, 1863
General Order No. 1
When Surgeons’ Stewards come into this
Office, they will not speak in loud tones or in
familiar language, & will not be seated unless
invited to do so.
The Surgeons’ Stewards of this office will see
the above order executed.
Signed, L. W. [Lewis Willis] Minor
Surgeon C. S. A. Station

General Order No. 2
Office Surgeon of Station
Mobile, Alabama, [Tuesday] June 16/63
The Surgeons Steward of this Station Office will copy immediately
on Receipt thereof, all letters, Circulars, Requisitions, Bill, etc.
into the Books provided for those purposes.
Signed, L. W. Minor
Surgeon C. S. N. [Confederate States Naval] Station

General Order No. 3
Office Surgeon of Station
Mobile, Alabama, [Friday] June 19, 1863
The Surgeons Steward of this office will not leave it between
the hours of 8.30 A. M. & 2 P. M. without permission of the
Surgeon and then for a Specified period. When sent out on
duty, he will return when that duty shall have been performed.
L. W. Minor
Surgeon C. S. N. S. [Confederate States Naval Station]

[Editor: Confederate general (military) hospitals were administered by “surgeons in charge.” Hospital stewards were appointed by the Confederate Secretary of War at the rank of sergeant and required to be honest, intelligent, reliable and sober. They were responsible for the cleanliness of wards, patients, staff and equipment, distributed rations, and maintained hospitals’ supplies and records. Lewis Willis Minor (1808-1872), a fleet surgeon it the antebellum United States and Confederate navies, was stationed at the Confederate naval station, Mobile, Alabama, as of June 10, 1861.There were at least four other Confederate hospitals in Mobile.]

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