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.
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Not willing to risk another futile ride on the omnibus, Eaton “footed it in haste” back to the Navy Yard, then took the horsecars to Dix’s residence at Fifteenth Street, a couple of blocks from the Gilmores’, where she had begun the day’s odyssey. 114 Before eleven that night, she had arrived by transport ship at City Point. The protracted nature of what should have been a straightforward procedure, because Eaton had in her possession documentation proving her right to be there, indicates that army brass, with help from the USSC,115 had erected informal barriers to keep even veteran workers like Eaton away from the action—unless, of course, they persisted.
Though embarked on a labor that fused patriotic and religious motives, Eaton was no saint. Her humanity is most visible when she was agitated about conditions that were often, but not always, beyond her control. In particular, Eaton’s relationship with coworker Isabella Fogg, whose rough manners and mysterious Canadian origins oﬀended her, brings to light the personal conﬂict that was inevitable, even between those with the same muniﬁcent objectives. Indeed, Eaton’s and Fogg’s workplace encounters show how the gendered prescriptions of self-sacriﬁce and piety were strained—and even toppled—by wartime medical relief work.
And so a short time since he wrote Knights a letter in which among other things he expressed a wish for some of his beer, stating that whiskey was getting played out and they had nothing to amuse themselves with but the little nigger wenches. Mr. B (Fred’s father) heard of the note & went to Mr. K and requested to see it and for a short time it created quite a stir. Mrs. 69 Since Frank was the son of the third pastor of the FSBC, it stands to reason that the son of the fourth pastor might have provided him an apt target for ribbing.