By Jane E. Schultz
After the conflict of Antietam in 1862, Harriet Eaton traveled to Virginia from her domestic in Portland, Maine, to take care of infantrymen within the military of the Potomac. Portland's unfastened highway Baptist Church, with liberal ties to abolition, confirmed the Maine Camp health facility organization and made the widowed Eaton its aid agent within the box. one of the Christians who believed that patriotic activism may well redeem the kingdom, Eaton speedy realized that conflict was once no respecter of non secular principles.Doing the paintings of nurse and provisioner, Eaton tended wounded males and people with smallpox and diphtheria in the course of excursions of responsibility. Eaton struggled with the disruptions of transience, scarcely drowsing within the similar position two times, yet chanced on the politics of day-by-day toil much more not easy. clash among Eaton and coworker Isabella Fogg erupted shortly over problems with propriety. notwithstanding Eaton praised a few of the surgeons with whom she labored, she categorized others charlatans whose overlook had lethal implications for the rank and dossier. If she observed villainy, she additionally observed possibilities to transform squaddies and built an excessive non secular reference to a personal, which seems to have ended in a postwar liaison.Published the following for the 1st time, the uncensored nursing diary is a rarity between scientific money owed of the battle, displaying Eaton to be an astute observer of human nature and never as straight-laced as we would have suggestion. This version comprises an in depth advent by means of the editor, transcriptions of proper letters and newspaper articles, and a entire biographical dictionary of the folk pointed out within the diary.