Hospital Days

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Van Nostrand, 1868 - Alexandria (Va.) - 180 pages

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Page 56 - ... still be directed to the army and navy, who have thus far borne their harder part so nobly and well. And it may be esteemed fortunate that in giving the greatest efficiency to these indispensable arms, we do also honorably recognize the gallant men, from commander to sentinel, who compose them, and to whom, more than to others, the world must stand indebted for the home of freedom disenthralled, regenerated, enlarged, and perpetuated.
Page 48 - For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
Page 115 - Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
Page 31 - Hospital nurses were of all sorts, and came from various sources of supply; volunteers paid or unpaid ; soldiers' wives and sisters who had come to see their friends, and remained without any clear commission or duties; women sent by State agencies and aid societies; women assigned by the General Superintendent of Nurses; sometimes, as in a case I knew of, the wife or daughter of a medical officer drawing the rations, but certainly not doing the work of a 'laundress.
Page 103 - Richmond, recovered, was mustered out with his regiment at the close of the war, and wrote to me that he was on his way to the Rocky Mountains to geek his fortune.
Page 89 - ... corduroy; without food, fainting, starving, filthy; frightfully wounded, arms gone to the shoulder, horrible wounds in face and head, I would rather a thousand times have a friend killed on the field than suffer in this way. It is worse than White House, Harrison's, or Gettysburg by far. Many die on the way. We. found thirty-five dead in the ambulances yesterday, and six more died on the stretchers while being put on board the boats. The boats are anything that can be got hold of, cattle scows,...
Page 31 - WAS the system of Women-nurses in hospitals a failure? There never was any system. That the presence of hundreds of individual women as nurses in hospitals was neither an intrusion nor a blunder, let the multitude of their — unsystematized — labors and achievements testify. So far as I know, the experiment of a compact, general organization was never fairly tried. Hospital nurses were of all sorts, and came from various sources of supply ; volunteers paid or unpaid ; soldiers...
Page 10 - ... growing red here and there in spots. Out of the windows lay the sweetest country. Just under them were the remnants of a garden—lilac, syringa, and straggling bushes on which two or three late, pale roses fluttered and hung. These stood up to their knees in the long, rough grass, and the grass covered the rolling ground down to the feathery edge of trees and the deep-cut, yellow crossroads. Beyond the road the red fields reached far away, and beyond the fields curving and shining, moved the...
Page 65 - They were a temporary expedient in the first place — and who shall say what better one could have been devised for the emergency ? — but the emergency went by, and the expedient was stretched into a corps of fifteen hundred men to whose hands were committed the wards of almost all General Hospitals. They served their little term, made their little experiments and disappeared. The class was bad ; it was under no bonds to be anything else ; the exceptions were many and most honorable. I have known...
Page 11 - ... reached far away, and beyond the fields, curving and. shining, moved the river. A streak of mist, and a steeple here and there, showed where the nearest town, grovelled along the river's edge ; and on the left, looking through miles of airy purple, hung in the smoke of the city, and the autumn vapor, a wonderful white dome, not yet lift'ing aloft, nor having the right to lift the finished figure of Liberty. Months and years made every gleam and shadow, every color and line of the landscape dear...

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