James B. McCaw Compiled Service Record, M331, National Archives
To Surgeon Genl
The purchase of wood alluded to in your letter of 15th was rendered necessary for this reason.
I have a guard of 4 men stationed some 2 ½ miles in the country guarding a vegetable garden which furnishes me with a large quantity of Vegetables every day by which I [am] making a saving per diem of not less than $300.
It is impossible to furnish them with wood for cooking purposes from the Q. M. Department, and I doubt if it was not more proper to pay the expense of this guard out of the Hospl Fund, as the benefit accrued to the Hospl Fund. I therefore purchased small quantities of fuel for their use.
Hoping this explanation may be satisfactory I am
J. B. McCaw