In Her Own Right

Emily M. Gardner letter to Abby Hopper Gibbons

Image A00181095 1 lg
Date created 1863-03-28
Description Discusses recent events concerning family/friends, including Hattie Lee, who is sending boxes of supplies to the Sanitary Commission and for the Contrabands (a term used for slaves who escaped to Union lines). Mentions Abby's daughter Sally caring for "four hunted and hidden slaves." Is sending supplies and wishes she could be working with Abby as an army nurse. Mentions the controversy involving Dr. Wagner. Describes the recruitment and training of nurses for army hospitals, including the work of Mrs. Lander (probably Jean M. Lander) and "the surgeons who tried to resist the new regulation introducing women nurses."
Size 6 pages
Type text
Subjects United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | War work | War--Relief of sick and wounded | Women and war | Nursing | Women nurses | Nurses--Training of | Lander, J. M. (Jean Margaret), 1829-1903 | Wagner, Clinton, 1837-1914 | Gibbons, Julia, 1837-1889 | Contraband of war | Fugitive slaves
Geographical location Salem (Mass.)
Language English
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Local Identifier A00181095
Contributing institution Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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