Nursing invitation for Rebecca Usher, Biddeford, 1862
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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.