Document 1 transcript Location: SG13406/folder 1 Castlia, June 11th, 1861 Mrs.Hopkins: Dear Madam, Seeing in the Dispatch of yesterday that persons wishing information on the subject of nurses for the soldiers, should apply to you. I beg leave to trouble you with a few inquiries which I hope you will answer.— I had, I may say, received my commission from the Surgeon General.—when suddenly obstacles were placed in my way by the objections of friends, whose opinions I ought to regard.-- I will tell you some of them. They say, I am entirely too young—I don't feel very young,--but will settle the matter by asking if 24 years and four months (page 2) is too young for a nurse? I know, my dear Madam, I will necessarily be exposed to many things that will be disagreeable and painful, yet I feel that this is no common occasion, and that if I can be of any service— without being exposed to all those most disagreeable sights connected with a sick room, I must go.— Will you not tell me exactly what is expected of a nurse? And if they are all, irrespective of age, expected to perform the same duties.— I have very little experience as nurse, but I hope I could learn, for my heart is willing—I think that would influence my hands. I cannot bear to think of those of our brave soldiers,-- who have raised up their arms in defense of their homes & friends,-- languishing on beds of pain, with no friendly hand nigh to give aid & comfort.— (page 3) I am gong to ask you some very plain questions,-- but I hope you will understand me, -- for my friends have said that such things will be expected of me. If a soldier should have his leg amputated—or be wounded in his stomach would it be expected of a young lady to dress those wounds? Perhaps you may think it strange for a young person to desire such a work,-- but I try to go forth in the missionary spirit,--feeling that many whilst lying wounded & sick, may be led from darkness into light—The marvellous Light of the gospel.— Will you not, if practicable, give me an immediate reply?-- & write to me candidly?, as all my future movements will depend upon your answer, I remain, Yours very respectfully— Miss L. D. Lewis Mrs. Hopkins.— (page 4) My address is— Miss L. D. Lewis Castalia Depot Albemarle Co. Va.
"Letter from Miss L.D. Lewis to Mrs. Hopkins, 11 June 1861," Alabama Hospitals in Richmond, Administrative files, SG13406, folder 1, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.
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