Rebecca Usher to sister on hospital needs, Pennsylvania, 1862

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Rebecca Usher of Hollis, newly arrived as a nurse at the U.S. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, wrote to her sister Ellen Usher Bacon of Portland about the urgent needs of the hospital and its patients.

She asked for flannel shirts and tobacco, especially. She wrote, "...we do not want to beg on too large a scale, but it is pitiful to see men who left in dependent homes, humiliated to the necessity of begging a pipe full of tobacco."

She noted that many of the soldiers at the hospital had received no pay for 11 months, and nearly all had gone five months without pay.

Usher had written a similar letter the same day to her sister Martha Osgood in Hollis.

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  • Title: Rebecca Usher to sister on hospital needs, Pennsylvania, 1862
  • Creator: Rebecca Usher
  • Creation Date: 1862-12-05
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Locations:
    • Chester, PA
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 9, Box 1/4
  • Collection: Rebecca Usher papers
  • Object Type: Text

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