Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne.

July 27, 2013

Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne

[Diary] July 27, 1863.

To-day the Cosmopolitan took North many of the wounded officers — Ned Hallowell, James Pope, and others. Mr. Tomlinson went with them as nurse. Mr. Pierce could not get a permit to go. Hallowell sent me more thanks for the cornstarch, and said it was just the thing. Poor young Shaw was killed and buried in the trench with his soldiers.

Will has gone to nurse at one of the hospitals. He took in from Frogmore an ox-load of watermelons, and Mr. Fairfield took a cart-load from “The Oaks” — offerings from the people to the soldiers, “wounded for we,” they say.

Melons are pouring in from all parts of the island — free gifts — as well as potatoes (sweet), chickens, and everything the people have to give.

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