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Wormeley, Katherine P. (fl. 1863) The United States Sanitary Commission: A Sketch of its purposes and work

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06820 Author/Creator: Wormeley, Katherine P. (fl. 1863) Place Written: Boston Type: Books Date: 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: First edition published by Little Brown. Inscribed in pencil on the titlepage by S. W. Bridgham to "Mrs. Ives." Wormeley was a prominent organizer of women's aid societies in New England during the Civil War. She also served on U.S. Sanitary Commission hospital ships along the Virginia peninsula. She became "Lady Superintendent" of the Lowell General Hospital in September 1862, but poor health forced her to give up the position. She wrote this book in order to raise money for the Boston Sanitary Fair. The work describes the Commissions' evolution and relief efforts. Wormeley gives statistics on supplies provided and eyewitness accounts of their use among soldiers.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, US Sanitary Commission, Charity and Philanthropy, Civil War, Union Forces, Military History, Hospital, Expositions and Fairs, Health and Medical, Military Supplies

Sub Era: The American Civil War