Sarah Sampson letter to governor, August 17, 1863
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Sarah Sampson (Mrs. Charles A. Sampson) wrote to Gov. Abner Coburn on August 17, 1863. She describes how she had been at Gettyburg for nearly four weeks after the battle, caring for the injured and dying Maine men who were still in makeshift field hospitals located around the area.
Sarah Sampson was one of several hundred women from Maine who volunteered to care for wounded and sick soldiers during the Civil War. Although the nurses were rarely present during battles, they were almost always on the scene within days, and often for months thereafter.
After the war, Sampson turned her attention to the orphans of Maine men who had been killed, and she persuaded the Maine Legilslature to establish the Maine Military and Naval Children's Home in Bath, where she served as the home's first director.