Who wiped the death sweat from the cold, clammy brow,
And sent home the message:—“'Tis well with him now”;
Who watched in the tents whilst the fever fires burned,
and the pain-tossing limbs in agony turned,
And wet the parched tongue, calmed delirium's strife
Till the dying lips murmured, “My mother,” “My wife”?
—Clara Barton, “The Women Who Went to the Field,” 1892
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Book title: Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America.
Contributors: Jane E. Schultz - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 2004.
Page number: 9.
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