Blue, Gray and Red: Two Nurse’s Views of the Civil War by Louisa May Alcott,Kate Cumming

By Louisa May Alcott,Kate Cumming

Two Nurses - reports - One Civil warfare

Blue, grey and crimson offers the difficult fact of the Civil conflict. There aren't any stirring bugle calls, basically the calls of the wounded. There aren't any battlefield heroics, yet there's additionally no loss of heroism. It offers the discomfort and braveness of each side, as written via people—two nurses—who lived via it.

Not many of us discover that Louisa could Alcott, the writer of Little girls, used to be additionally a Civil struggle nurse. whereas serving on the Union health facility in Washington DC, she wrote a sequence of letters to her relatives describing her reports. those have been released in Commonwealth journal and finally turned the root for health center Sketches—the booklet that's awarded right here.

In 1862 Kate Cumming volunteered to be a nurse for the Confederacy and observed accountability till the top of the struggle in 1865. in the course of that interval she saved a magazine, which used to be later become a publication known as A magazine of medical institution lifestyles within the accomplice military of Tennessee. This was once later re-edited and released as Gleanings from Southland, that is the model used right here. Her account is made the entire extra tragic by means of the truth that she used to be not just reporting at the horrors of the battlefield, yet at the horrors of a rustic that was once actually being dismantled round her.

No knowing of the Civil warfare will be whole with no appreciating this facet of the struggle to boot.

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