Abby Hopper Gibbons letter to her daughter

Date created 1863-01
Creator Gibbons, Abby Hopper, 1801-1893

Describes serving as a nurse for the "Contraband" ("Contraband" was a term used during the Civil War to refer to formerly enslaved people who had escaped to Union lines). Describes her discussions with senators about what she has been experiencing, and the general ignorance of these senators and other men in positions of power. Discusses at length the behavior of the Surgeon General, whom she finds to be ignorant and an abuser of his power - says that he "hates Protestant women."

Size 4 pages
Subjects Gibbons, Abby Hopper, 1801-1893 | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Slavery | War work | Military hospitals | Fugitive slaves | Contraband of war
Geographical location Washington (D.C.); New York (N.Y.); Point Lookout (Md.); Newburyport (Mass.)
Language English
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Local identifier A00180709

Abby Hopper Gibbons Papers, SFHL-RG5-174 (explore contents)

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