Tag Archives: Dr. Jonathan Letterman

Death surrounded the nurses of Gettysburg, part 2

Rain falling since July 14, 1863 had turned the grounds at III Corps’ hospital at Gettysburg “so wet and muddy” that nurses wore India-rubber boots to get around, said nurse Emily Bliss Souder, a Kennebunk-born Mainer now living in Philadelphia with her husband and surviving children. Not letting up until July 18, the rain cooled […]

A spot of tea dispels the post-Gettysburg dark

When the going got tough, Maine nurse Sarah Sampson brewed tea — and her worried traveling companions suddenly relaxed in the southern Pennsylvania darkness. Gettysburg “was a field of blood, on which the demon of Destruction revelled [sic],” observed Dr. Jonathan Letterman, medical director for the Army of the Potomac. Three days’ fighting had left […]

Help save 17 acres at Camp Letterman hospital site in Gettysburg: Part I

Buzzing inbound to Gettysburg on busy Route 30 (a.k.a. the York Pike or the York Road), visitors headed for Gettysburg National Military Park zip past a lonely monument located diagonally across the road from Hoss’s Restaurant and McDonald’s, about halfway between both driveway entrances. Backdropped by slightly rising fields, woods, Pennsylvania’s ubiquitous power lines, and […]