From the Richmond Examiner, 7/5/1864

THE CONDITION OF THE WOUNDED in Richmond hospitals is becoming such that the Surgeon General is beginning to diminish the number of hospitals to correspond with the decreasing number of patients cared for in them. Thousands of the wounded in the battles of May and June have been furloughed from the hospitals, and are abroad in the country or have gone to their homes. It is a gratifying fact that the percentage of deaths have been less this summer than during any season since 1861. This owing to the great abundance of ice which is now used in the hospitals.

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