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Louisa on the front lines : Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War / Samantha Seiple.

Author/Creator:
Seiple, Samantha, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Seal Press, Hachette Book Group, 2019. , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
v, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Women authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Military nursing -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Hospitals.
Military nursing.
Nursing.
Women.
Women authors, American.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877).
HISTORY / Women.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 -- Career in nursing.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Hospitals.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women.
United States.
Local subjects:
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Nonfiction.
Biographies.
Summary:
"Louisa on the Frontlines is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott's career - her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends. These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches, spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing. Alcott's time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice--and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa on the Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist--a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today" -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: The heroine's journey
Part one: The war at home. Wayward daughter ; Stitches ; A soldier's story ; Help wanted ; Georgetown or bust ; Burnside's blunder ; The hurly-burly house ; A bitter pill ; Duty's faithful daughter ; A gift
Part two: Where glory waits. Unfulfilled destiny ; The chariot of glory ; Still on the front lines.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-228) and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Hagen fund bookplate.
ISBN:
9781580058049
1580058043
9781580058032
OCLC:
1039637771
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