Nursing invitation for Rebecca Usher, Biddeford, 1862
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Rebecca Usher of Hollis received an invitation from Almira Quinby inviting her to take a nursing position in a Union military hospital.
Quinby noted that her cousin, Louise Titcomb, who was working at the U.S. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, had told her that Usher was interested in a nursing post. Quinby had heard that Dorothy Dix, the director of nurses for the army, needed more women for that post.
Quinby wrote, "No particular qualifications or specifications are required -- a common experience in nursing & plain, sensible clothing."
Quinby planned to take one of the four available spots.
- Title: Nursing invitation for Rebecca Usher, Biddeford, 1862
- Creator: Quinby, Almira F.
- Creation Date: 1862-10-17
- Subject Date: 1862
- Town: Biddeford, Chester
- County: York
- State: ME, PA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.6
- Local Code: Coll. 9, Box 1/4
- Collection: Rebecca Usher papers
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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LC Subject Headings
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Female
Usher, Rebecca, 1821-1919--Letters
U.S.A. General Hospital (Pa.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narrative
Women in war--History--19th century
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