Are we not all soldiers?
—Anna L. Beers to Mary Ann Bickerdyke, October 22,1886
She sought no soft place, but wherever her regiment went she went, often marching on foot and camping without tent on the field. She was always present where most needed, and to the suffering, whether “Yank” or “Grayback,” it made no difference.… I have seen her face a battery without flinching, while a man took refuge behind her to avoid the flying fragments of bursting shells. Of all the men and women who volunteered to serve their country during the late war, not one is more deserving of reward.
—Testimony of Gilman Marston on behalf of Harriet Patience Dame, March 15,1884
When I worked in Arm[or]y Square hospital D.C. I was quite young. … My stepfather also worked there. His name was Samuel Taylor. He looked after me and I suppose my name was registered as Martha Taylor or Martha Lewis as they use [sic] to call me by Taylor and sometimes Lewis. I lived with a family by the name of Lewis before I went to the hospital to work but my mo[t]her [sic] name was Smith.
—Pension affidavit of Martha Smith Reed, June 30, 1896