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Fannie A. Beers, Memories: a record of personal exeperience and adventure during four years of war. 14 2 Browse Search
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Finding that my brother not only approved the determination to join my husband, but was able and willing to assist in obtaining the necessary pass, I told him of my wish to have it in possession by the next day, and received his promise to send it, if possible. He was going to the front, and overcome by the thought that I might never see him again, I threw my arms around his neck, while tears fell fast upon the blue uniform, and so, with a last embrace, we parted. The pass, embracing Mrs. Beers, brother, and child, was forthcoming next day, and the same afternoon I, with my boys, set forth unattended for the boat. No sign of recognition passed between the captain and ourselves as we were conducted to the upper deck, and seated under the awning. Soon the sound of drum and fife announced the approach of the troops. A regiment of blue-coated soldiers appeared on the wharf, and directly they marched on board. Witnessing their embarkation, I could not repress a feeling of extreme
s descended, and, hastily entering the hospital, announced to the ladies that she had come for Mrs. Beers. They strongly demurred, and I felt at first great hesitation in obeying so hasty a summons. was fitted up for fifty patients. This was facetiously called the nursery, and its occupants Mrs. Beers's babies. In this ward were placed, as far as its capacity permitted, patients who needed to er dainties, a bottle of home-made wine. One day he said to the other occupants of the ward, Mrs. Beers never bathes my head. I believe I'll get up a spell of fever, and see if I can't get nursed li, so beautifully expressed, that I may be pardoned for inserting it here. L'envoi. To Mrs. Fannie A. Beers. To you, though known but yesterday, I trust These winged thoughts of mine. Be not, I pr very hospitable town, where new and excellent hospital buildings had been erected. From here Mr. Beers returned to his command. The day of his departure was marked by hours of intense anguish whic
istant Medical Director and Medical Director of Hospitals, Army of Tennessee. Marion, Alabama, March 11, 1883. Dr. S. Bemiss, New Orleans,—Having heard an entertainment was to be given in your city on March 29 for the benefit of Mrs. Fannie A. Beers, I feel it to be my duty, as well as pleasure, to add my testimony to her worth and to the part she played in the late war. During the three years she was with me as a Confederate hospital matron, she conducted herself as a high-toned ld nurses—to leave the town and wards in order to repel the invading enemy. I was much affected while hurrying from ward to ward giving general orders about the care of the sick luring my absence in the fight, to see and hear the maimed begging Mrs. Beers to remain with them, and they could well testify to how well she acted her part in remaining with them and caring for their many wants, while the able-bodied men of all grades went to battle for all they held dear. At the same time, all the