Harriet H. A. Eaton diaries, 1853-1864.
Creator: Eaton, Harriet H. A., fl. 1853-1864.
Collection number: 1378
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Abstract: Four diary volumes and a record of military hospital supplies of Harriet Eaton of Portland, Me. One diary volume covers the period 5 December 1853 – 27 May 1854; in it Eaton describes her sea voyage from Portland to Mobile, Ala., experiences in Mobile and environs, including a church service for slaves, and her return trip overland. The other diary volumes, 1862-1864, constitute a detailed record of Eaton’s observations and feelings as a U.S. Army nurse visiting camps in Virginia, leaving supplies, and aiding the sick and wounded. The final volume is an undated record of hospital supplies distributed to many different Maine regiments.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The majority of the collection consists of Eaton’s observations and opinions as an Army nurse visiting camps in Virginia, leaving supplies, and aiding the sick and the wounded. One early entry describes a church service for slaves in Mobile, Alabama (1853-1854). Microfilm available.