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Rebecca Usher description of military hospital, Pennsylvania, 1862

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Writing to her sister, Rebecca Usher described in detail, including a sketch, the U.S. General Hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania, where she arrived about two weeks earlier to nurse Union soldiers.

Usher, 41, of Hollis, had been educated at an Ursuline convent in Quebec. She and her sisters were active in Civil War relief efforts.

She wrote that the hospital's main building was built as a normal school and was in a beautiful setting of fields, trees, a stream and the Delaware River in the distance.

She also describes the nurses' quarters, the state of the building (poorly made), the daily routine, what the men eat, and some of her fellow nurses as well as some of the patients.


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