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

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Woolsey Family during the War.

September 15, 2013

Woolsey family letters during the War for the Union

Jane Stuart Woolsey to Joseph Howland

Point Lookout Hospital,

Eliza’s help and all her little nice things were, and are, invaluable to us. . . . Things promise pretty fair here in every respect. The surgeon in charge is civil and ready to support us in everything necessary. The post is a queer one, hospital, military encampment, Contraband camp, rebel camp, Roman Catholic element and divided jurisdiction of Mrs. Gibbons and Miss Dix. Quite a mixture. We shall be involved in no gossip or small quarrels, but do our work as we find occasion, without partiality and without hypocrisy. . . . John, our man servant, is a nuisance. He interferes right and left, upsets everybody in a mistaken idea to serve us, and volunteers his views on all subjects. He would be in the guardhouse in a week if he didn’t go home to-night. . . .

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