Francis Marion Poore spent December 1862 in Chimborazo Hospital No. 2 in Richmond, still recovering from the gunshot wound to the hand he received at Antietam.
In mid-December, about a month before Francis returned to duty with his regiment, the famed matron Phoebe Yates Levy Pember arrived to care for him and the other men housed in Hospital No. 2. You can find my post about her here: https://pooreboysingray.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/who-crossed-your-civil-war-ancestors-path/
When I first started visiting Civil War historic sites I was mildly surprised that the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) erected many of them. Since soldiers did the fighting I had expected that the Confederate Veterans, or their sons, would dominate the Southern monument building. But over the years I’ve learned that Southern women were generally fiercely committed to the Confederacy.
Most recently I read a report to Congress on conditions in the Southern states after the war. The author was Benjamin Truman, who was a New Englander and an aide to Andrew Johnson during the war. He spent eight months in the South, visiting every former Confederate state except the Carolinas and Virginia. In his May 1866 report Benjamin wrote, “Over southern society…[women]…reign supreme and they are more embittered against those whom they deem to be the authors of all their calamities than are their brothers, sons, and…
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