Rebecca Usher on visit to White House, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


After discussing Adeline Tyler, the head of the U.S. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, nurse Rebecca Usher wrote to her future brother-in-law Nathan Webb of Portland, about a visit to the White House to attend a levee.

She wrote, "To our great disappointment the Father of his country & brother of all mankind was not present." She did meet the First Lady.

She also described a visit to the Capitol.

Usher noted that the hospital where she worked might be closed if no more soldiers were sent there.

Some pages of the letter may be missing.

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About This Item

  • Title: Rebecca Usher on visit to White House, 1863
  • Creator: Rebecca R. Usher
  • Creation Date: 1863-03-11
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Locations:
    • Chester, PA
    • Hollis, York County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.5 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 9, Box 1/4
  • Collection: Rebecca Usher papers
  • Object Type: Text

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