Adeline Walker on conditions at Annapolis hospital, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Writing to Maria T. Hersey of Portland, Adeline M. Walker, a Portland native serving as a nurse at the U.S. General Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland, reported on a brief respite she had when the hospital was temporarily fairly empty.

Many of the new patients, she wrote, had died -- nearly all of typhoid pneumonia.

Hersey was secretary of the R.F. Society, a group of young women in Portland who sent aid to ill and injured soldiers. Walker was writing to thank her and the Portland group for a box that had arrived while Walker was on a break from the hospital.

She wrote, "Wish you could hear all the fine things said about your beautiful Union Quilt. I called the ladies into my room and a Council of War was held over the ingeniously-constructed work..."

Walker concluded her letter, "It is a privilege to be working on the right side in a contest like this."

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  • Title: Adeline Walker on conditions at Annapolis hospital, 1863
  • Creator: Walker, Adeline M.
  • Creation Date: 1863-04-14
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Locations:
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Annapolis, MD
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 13.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-307, Misc. Box 11/8
  • Collection: R. F. Society records
  • Object Type: Text

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