From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/31/1862, p. 2, c. 3

Died, on the night of the 19th July, at the Danville (Manchester) Hospital, of wounds received in the battle of 28th June, GEORGE MATHEWS, of company C, 11th Mississippi volunteers.

The deceased was one of the best of soldiers and bravest of brave men; his friends bemoan his loss, and look with saddened hearts upon the vacancy caused in the ranks by his absence; but this pang of regret is transformed into a feeling of deep indignation for those to whom it is applicable when we remember the circumstances connected with his departure. We visited our friend a few days before his death, and found him in a most deplorable condition. He was perfectly prostrate on his couch, too weak to raise his voice above a whisper, and consequently unable to help himself; and I am sorry to have to say the sheets of his bed were occupied by a million of fly-blows. I did not examine the wound itself, but was told that the same detestable vermin was to be found even there. We admit the severity of the wounds, but we are persuaded to believe that sheer neglect played and active part in this game of manslaughter. I make no assertions that I cannot substantiate. But while we are disposed on the one hand, to censure the faculty of said hospital, let us not withhold the credit from those to whom it is due. The fair and generous ladies of Manchester have our most earnest and heartfelt gratitude for their untiring exertions to contribute to the comfort and happiness of our wounded friends in their midst.


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