Rebecca Usher papers, 1841-1899
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- Maine Historical Society
- Rebecca Usher, 1821-1919; of Hollis and Bar Mills, Maine; attended Ursuline convent at Three Rivers, Can.; served as U.S. Army nurse during the Civil War.
- Letters, diary, and essays, relating to Miss Usher's attendance (1841) at an Ursuline Convent at Three Rivers, lower Canada to learn French; her service as a nurse at the U.S. Army hospital, Chester, Pa. (1862); the Maine agency at City Point (Hopewell), Va. (1865), and social life in Hollis and Bar Mills.
- Excerpt of letter Rebecca wrote to her sister Jane on Jan. 9, 1863:
- "We have bad news from Galveston and Vicksburg this morning, but nothing can dishearten me. I am sure of our cause. The sacrafice of human life, of most able and precious lives, is fearful; but I know there is compensation in the future, and that our country and the human race will move more rapidly and more securely in the pathway of true greatness. When once the war ceases, and the battle cloud passes over, our country will rise transfigured before the nations, and perfect liberty will be established for the first time upon the earth. Our eagle will no longer be bound, the living to the dead–but its unnatural bonds being sent assunder, it will soar proudly before all the nations, in the very eye of the sun of Righteousness. I only wish I was worth half a million, that I might in the meantime succor the suffering soldiers, and send help to their destitute families."
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