In the first letter, written June 11, 1861, Lewis explains her desire to become a nurse (preferably "without without being exposed to all those most disagreeable sights connected with a sickroom") despite the objections of her friends and family....
In the letter Sanborn describes staffing, patients, illnesses, and conditions at the local military hospital. He mentions that several Alabamians are being treated there and observes that the facility is well-stocked but "badly managed": "It is not...
In the letter Mrs. Williams, secretary of the Military Aid Society in Cahaba, Alabama, praises Mrs. Hopkins for her work and describes a recent shipment of supplies for the hospitals in Virginia. The list of items includes liquor, food, toiletries,...
In the letter Cale informs Mrs. Hopkins that the women in Independence have formed an organization for collecting items "for the benefit of sick soldiers." They have sent three boxes of supplies (mostly linens, clothing, and other textiles), which...
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