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Whiskey, Quinine, and Hot Rocks

Whiskey, Quinine, and Hot Rocks

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign           The beautiful Shenandoah Valley had great strategic value to the south during the Civil War.  It served as a Confederate breadbasket and the northeasterly and downhill trend of the valley “pointed” toward western...
A Most Abominable Dress

A Most Abominable Dress

The Overland Campaign – 1864              President Lincoln had appointed General Ulysses Grant as Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States.  General Grant envisioned a strategy that was different from the previous generals, having a...
Matron in Charge

Matron in Charge

Matron In Charge “During the winter following a  Div. Hospital [2nd Div. 6th Corps] was established near White Oak Church, Va. and I was appointed by Surg. S. J. Allen, Chief Med. Officer of the Div. as Matron in charge. —-Pension Application: A.M.Felch, 1888...
Button Hole Scissors

Button Hole Scissors

Amanda’s Special Role             From January 1862 to May 1864 (the Overland Campaign), Amanda had a different position from other Army nurses. She was allowed to travel from one regiment to another, night or day, wherever most needed, whenever the call came; she was...
Mustering In

Mustering In

Amanda Enters the War          With the firing on of Fort Sumter, and Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops, Vermont’s Governor Erastus Fairbanks was one of the first to respond, telling Lincoln that “Vermont will do its full duty.”  He then asked the legislature for an...