Ragged Soldier Sutlery and Vintage Volumes
Generally in Alphabetical Order but with Some Obvious Placement of a Couple of Categories at the Top
Dolls & Accessories
Articles: Virginia's Veranda
About Us & Picture
Books, 19th Century Reproductions
Craft Supplies & Sundries
Dolls & Accessories
DVD about Emma Edmonds
Needlework Necessities and Novelties
Parlor Games & Entertainments
Sundries and Craft Supplies
Speaking and Consulting
This book is more than just the recollections of a young lady serving in an army hospital treating the wounded. To read the pages opens a window onto life for women during the 1860's. The book begins with her decision to serve as a nurse. The tale continues with her preparations, all being cast in the most noble and romantic view possible. Her trip from Boston to Washington, a trip that today is very uneventful, is described as an adventure which travel of even a couple hundred miles must have been at that time.
An interesting scene is painted at the beginning of the third chapter when she has the reality of the war comes to the hospital where she is assigned. They are all roused up and told, "they are coming," which, after several questions, they find out is forty ambulances of the wounded from Fredericksburg. About the only thing missing to make it a typical scene from another famous story about treating the wounded is a speaker system to blare out, "Attention all personnel. Incoming wounded."
The balance of the book covers her experiences in treating the
wounded and her observations of them. As might be expected, her
prose leaves quite a few voids about the unpleasantness of the
hospital which our imagination can fill. What she does provide is
an interesting reflection on the attitudes during that time period
regarding injury and death and the feelings she had in a situation
that even now, for most people, would be a foreign and emotionally
If you want to look at the previous book in the list,.