Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Rebecca Usher (1821-1912) of Hollis worked as a nurse at the U.S.A. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, beginning in November 1862.
In early January 1863, she wrote to her sister, Jane, known as Jennie, and discussed the character, injuries, and activities of some of the soldiers in the hospital.
She also wrote about the war. She said, "When once the war ceases, and the battle cloud passes over, our country will rise transfigured before the nations, and perfect liberty will be established for the first time upon the earth."
About This Item
- Title: Rebecca Usher on injured soldiers, war, Pennsylvania, 1863
- Creator: Usher, Rebecca R.
- Creation Date: 1863-01-09
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Buxton, Chester, Fredericksburg, Galveston, Hollis, Philadelphia, Plymouth, Vicksburg
- County: Kennebec, York
- State: MA, ME, MS, PA, TX, VA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 19.5 cm x 12.5 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 9, Box 1/4
- Collection: Rebecca Usher papers
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narrative
- Usher, Rebecca, 1821-1919--Letters
- Nurses, American
- U.S.A. General Hospital (Pa.)
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Female
- Women in war--History--19th century
- Military hospitals--Pennsylvania
- Relief (Aid)
- Military medicine
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care
- United States--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment & supplies
- War--Relief of sick and wounded
- Usher, Jane
- Usher, Rebecca Randall
- Burnside, Ambrose E.
- Corcoran, Michael
- Bull, Ole
- Bull, Alexander
- Guilford, Hiram
- Pennel, Arthur
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