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y, Boston, Rev. William De Loss Love, of Milwaukee, author of a work on Wisconsin in the war. Samuel B. Fales, Esq., of Philadelphia, so long and nobly identified with the Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, Dr. A. N. Read, of Norwalk, Ohio, late one of the Medical Inspectors of the Sanitary Commission, Dr. Joseph Parrish, of Philadelphia, also a Medical Inspector of the Commission, Mrs. M. M. Husband, of Philadelphia, one of the most faithful workers in field hospitals during the war, Miss Katherine P. Wormeley, of Newport, Rhode Island, the accomplished historian of the Sanitary Commission, Mrs. W. H. Holstein, of Bridgeport, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Miss Maria 3M. C. Hall, of Washington, District of Columbia, and Miss Louise Titcomb, of Portland, Maine. From many of these we have received information indispensable to the completeness and success of our work; information too, often afforded at great inconvenience and labor. We commit our book, then, to the loyal women of our co
ffering condition of some of the families of the soldiers, (the early volunteers, it will be remembered, received no bounties, or very trifling ones), that if they could secure for them, at remunerative prices, the making of the soldiers' uniforms, or of the hospital bedding and clothing, they might thus render them independent of charity, and capable of self-support. Three ladies (and perhaps more), Mrs. Springer, of St. Louis, in behalf of the Ladies' Aid Society of that city, Miss Katherine P. Wormeley, of Newport, R. I., and Miss Helen L. Gilson, of Chelsea, Mass., applied to the Governmental purveyors of clothing, for the purpose of obtaining this work. There was necessarily considerable difficulty in accomplishing their purpose. The army of contractors opposed them strongly, and in the end, these ladies were each obliged to take a contract of large amount themselves, in order to be able to furnish the work to the wives and daughters of the soldiers. In St. Louis, the terms
L. P. Brockett, Women's work in the civil war: a record of heroism, patriotism and patience, The Hospital Transport service. (search)
ission in the field might be. Their duties consisted in nursing, preparing food for the sick and wounded, dressing wounds, in connexion with the surgeons and medical students, and in general, making themselves useful to the great numbers of wounded and sick who were placed temporarily under their charge. Often they provided them with clean beds and hospital clothing, and suitable food in preparation for their voyage to Washington, Philadelphia, or New York. These four ladies were Miss Katherine P. Wormeley, of Newport, R. I., Mrs. William P. Griffin, of New York, one of the executive board of the Woman's Central Association of Relief, Mrs. Eliza. W. Howland, wife of Colonel (afterward General) Joseph Howland, and her sister, Miss Georgiana Woolsey, both of New York. Among those who were in charge of the Hospital Transports for one or more of their trips to the cities we have named, and by their tenderness and gentleness comforted and cheered the poor sufferers, and often by their
L. P. Brockett, Women's work in the civil war: a record of heroism, patriotism and patience, Other labors of some of the members of the hospital transport corps. (search)
oyages back and forth in different vessels, was finally placed in charge of the Woman's Department on board of the Spaulding, where she remained until that vessel was given up by the Commission, and indeed continued on board for two or three voyages after the vessel became a Government hospital transport. Her management on board the Spaulding was admirable, eliciting the praise of all who saw it. When the Portsmouth Grove General Hospital in Rhode Island was opened, under the charge of Miss Wormeley, as Lady Superintendent, that lady invited her to become her assistant; she accepted the invitation and remained there a year, when she was invited to become Lady Superintendent of the Carver General Hospital, at Washington, D. C., a position of great responsibility, which she filled with the greatest credit and success, retaining it to the close of the war. An intimate friend, who was long associated with her, says of her, Miss Whetten's absolute and untiring devotion to the sick men
ry goods the hundred and fifty bed sacks Miss Wormeley's connection with the Hospital Transport sher is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Miss Wormeley may therefore be said to be alien to her b Newport), were in the habit of sending to Miss Wormeley many poor women, with the request that sheloss severely, and the thought occurred to Miss Wormeley that the outfitting of a great army must fif she thought she could surmount them. Miss Wormeley found her courage equal to the attempt, anss and energy while under the direction of Miss Wormeley. On one occasion, as an instance, a telegay, and as many more the following day. Miss Wormeley was just closing up her contract when, in While the necessity of exertion continued, Miss Wormeley and her associates bore up bravely, but norief hesitation, on account of her health, Miss Wormeley assented to the proposal, and on the 1st orgy, having most of her materials at hand, Miss Wormeley commenced and finished the book within the[14 more...]
ent ladies connected with the Hospital Transport service, where her constant cheerfulness, her ready wit, her never failing resources of contrivance and management in any emergency, made the severe labor seem light, and by keeping up the spirits of the entire party, prevented the scenes of suffering constantly presented from rendering them morbid or depressed. She took the position of assistant superintendent of the Portsmouth Grove General Hospital, in September, 1862, when her friend, Miss Wormeley, became superintendent, and remained there till the spring of 1863, was actively engaged in the care of the wounded at Falmouth after the battle of Chancellorsville, was on the field soon after the battle of Gettysburg, and wrote that charming and graphic account of the labors of herself and a friend at Gettysburg in the service of the Sanitary Commission which was so widely circulated, and several times reprinted in English reviews and journals. We cannot refrain from introducing it a
L. P. Brockett, Women's work in the civil war: a record of heroism, patriotism and patience, Final Chapter: the faithful but less conspicuous laborers. (search)
fee and Mrs. Smith, wife of the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church for the diocese of Kentucky, were the leaders of a faithful band of hospital visitors in that city. Boston was filled with patriotic women; to name them all would be almost like publishing a directory of the city. Mrs. Lowell, who gave two sons to the war, both of whom were slain at the head of their commands, was herself one of the most zealous laborers in behalf of the soldier in Boston or its vicinity. Like Miss Wormeley and Miss Gilson, she took a contract for clothing from the government, to provide work for the soldiers' families, preparing the work for them and giving them more than she received. Her daughter, Miss Anna Lowell, was on one of the Hospital Transports in the Peninsula, and arrived at Harrison's Landing, where she met the news of her brother's death in the battles of the Seven Days, but burying her sorrows in her heart, she took charge of a ward on the Transport when it returned, and f
L. P. Brockett, Women's work in the civil war: a record of heroism, patriotism and patience, Index of names of women whose services are recorded in this book. (search)
on, Miss Catherine, 409. Tilton, Mrs. Lucretia Jane, 409. Titcomb, Miss Louise, 247. Titlow, Mrs. Effie, 76. Trotter, Mrs. Laura, 301. Turchin, Madame, 79, 80. Tyler, Mrs. Adeline, 241-250. Tyson, Miss, 157, 159. Vanderkieeft, Mrs. Dr., 247. Wade, Mrs. Jennie, 62, 84, 85. Wallace, Miss, 209. Wallace, Mrs. Martha A., 47. Ward, Mrs. Anne, 408. Ward, Mrs. S. R., 409. Webber, Mrs. E. M., 408. Wells, Mrs. Shepard, 88. Whetten, Mrs. Harriet Douglas, 301, 316, 322. Wilbrey, Mrs., 89. Willets, Miss Georgiana, 409. Williams, Miss, 245. Wittenmeyer, Miss Annie, 374-379. Wolcott, Miss Ella, 406. Wolfley, Mrs., 89. Wolfley, Miss Carrie, 89. Wood, Mrs. Lucretia P., 409. Woods, Mrs. William, 410. Woolsey, Miss Georgiana M., 301, 303, 322, 323, 324, 327-342. Woolsey, Miss Jane Stuart, 322, 324, 342. Woolsey, Miss Sarah C., 322, 342. Woolsey, Mrs., 328. Wormeley, Miss Katharine P., 54, 301, 303, 318-323, 327. Wright, Mrs. Crafts J., 409. Zimmermann, Mrs., 409