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A "Ministering Angel"


Charlottesville, Va. Aug. 28, 1861.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
--Those who have attempted to enlighten the public in regard to the service rendered by various parties to the sick and wounded here, have failed to do justice to one who has especially won the regard of her associates. I refer to Miss Orie R Moon, of this county, a young lady of character, intelligence and accomplishments, whose unremitting attentions to the disabled soldiers are worthy of the highest encomiums.

Immediately upon the arrival of the wounded from the field of Manassas, she repaired to this place, and since then has given her undivided attention to the necessities of these poor unfortunates. By day and night has she ministered to their wants, comforting the depending, encouraging the suffering, closing the eyes of the dying, and rendering to all those countless kindness which only a woman's heart can suggest and a woman's hands can execute.

Having devoted a number of years to the study medicine, she has proved a valuable addition to the Hospital, administering the necessary prescriptions, watching the development of symptoms, and giving that intelligent co-operation to the physicians in charge without which the hands even of science itself are powerless.

Thus has an example been see to the women of the land which is worthy of all praise and of universal imitation; and in after years many a soldier, in recounting the story of these eventful times, will tell with delight of the ministrations of this gentle spirit, whilst he drops his warmest tear to her memory.

‘ O, woman, in our hours of case,
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please;
But when affliction wrings the brow,
A ministering angel thou.

G.

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