Getting to the Hospital
I have very little experience as nurse, but I hope I could learn, for my heart is willing—& I think that would influence my hands.
—Lizzie D. Lewis to Juliet Opie Hopkins, June 11,1861
I would freely give up my time, energies, labours and medical knowledge for the benefit of the suffering wounded.
—Henrietta Wellington Boate to Dorothea Dix, September 18, 1862
I have felt for sometime that God had called me to lend a helping hand to those suffering soldiers.… If there is a place for me among your suffering ones I am willing and should be happy to give you my servises [sic].
—Mrs. Nathan A. Tinkham to the Secretary of the Christian Commission, November 28, 1864