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The purpose of the park is to preserve, maintain, protect and provide access to the cultural and natural resources of the Civil War battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House and associated sites and to interpret and commemorate them in the larger context of the Civil War and American History for the benefit and education of visitors and the general public.

Our community is very fortunate to have such an extraordinary resource employed with dedicated men and women.  We are proud of our relationship with these professionals.  This webpage is their page. The information, stories and photos come from John Hennessy - Chief Historian/Chief of Interpretation.  Please enjoy!

       Scenes in a Second Corps Hospital, April 1863 - The diary of Helen Grier

     Here is a powerful, painful description of a division hospital in the Union Second Corps in April 1863. We can’t confirm the location of the hospital, but it was likely in the neighborhood of what is the I-95 interchange with Route 17 in Stafford.  The account is from the diary of a woman named Helen Grier of Philadelphia, who had come to Stafford to work in the hospitals in February 1863. She lived at Chatham and worked extensively with Ellen Harris, a well-known nurse who also frequented the halls at Chatham. ) n April 3, 1864, Grier and Harris traveled the three or so miles to French’s division. This is what she saw.

     Friday Apri. 3. Lovely day. Drove to French’s Division Hospital. Long walk round. So rough. 5 or 6 tents. Badly regulated. 2 dead men carried out behind tents. One put in coffin and in ambulance. Another ambulance drove up in front with sick man to be put in. Heart sank as he walked. One typhoid patient breathed his last as we entered. Mrs. H. closed his eyes. A fearfully ghostly sight. Had been very profane man. Very sick man in T. fever beside him, fed him custard and blackberry brandy. Gave all soda biscuit and blanc mange and custard. One from N. J. reading testament told me of professor of religion, good working Christian at house having become so profane in Army. Had opposite effect on him. So hard to resist temptation here. Sweet bright eyed boy burst into crying when I handed him crackers--did not take custard etc. Overcome with the kindness. Some thanked with such a sweet smile. One poor fellow with feet frozen and black. One man emaciated with diarrhea. So anxious about sick wife and sick children, cried so hard as Mrs. H[arris]. talked to him. For him I sang “There is a fountain” with chorus. And Mrs. H prayed. In last tent a handsome young man was so like Geo_____ named Wyeth. Dying of consumption and typhoid. So overcome at sight of ladies coming to see him and selecting him to be kind to. Mrs. H. prayed with him and I sang “Just as I am.” His poor chest heaved so painfully with excitement. Left little book “Come to Jesus” with him. His brother there of much affection. On coming out saw the one who had just died, outside behind the tents, and Mrs. Owens (rough common nurse) and a soldier washing him and laughing. Carried out his cap with its No. on top and his canteen wh. hung at his bed’s head. Struck me so painfully nurses not to know names but spoke of them as the man in this or that bed.

     Transcription by Jane Winthrop. Original Diary in the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

 

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