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Kelly, Mary (fl. 1862) to Sarah

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04197.25 Author/Creator: Kelly, Mary (fl. 1862) Place Written: Winchester, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1862/03/31 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: She has joined her husband at the hospital. He was wounded in the lower abdomen. The wound appears fatal and he seems resigned to die. She hopes to move him to a better hospital. She comments on her fate and "right hard trouble every spring." [The Kelly's lost a daughter two years ago in the spring and last spring their son died the night before James Kelly shipped out.] She also discusses other wounded. Date written "Monday 31."

People: Kelly, James
James R. Kelly

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Medical History, Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Infantry, Soldier's Letter, Woman Author, Women's History, Injury or Wound, Health and Medical, Death, Children and Family, Battle, Marriage, Hospital, Battle of Winchester

Sub Era: The American Civil War