This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton

TitleThis Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsEaton, Harriet, and Jane E. Schultz
Number of Pages338
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford; New York

After the battle of Antietam in 1862, Harriet Eaton traveled to Virginia from her home in Portland, Maine, to care for soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. Portland's Free Street Baptist Church, with liberal ties to abolition, established the Maine Camp Hospital Association and made the widowed Eaton its relief agent in the field. One of many Christians who believed that patriotic activism could redeem the nation, Eaton quickly learned that war was no respecter of religious principles. ... Published here for the first time, the uncensored nursing diary is a rarity among medical accounts of the war, showing Eaton to be an astute observer of human nature and not as straight-laced as we might have thought. This edition includes an extensive introduction by the editor, transcriptions of relevant letters and newspaper articles, and a comprehensive biographical dictionary of the people mentioned in the diary.

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