Civil War letters sent to the South Danvers Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society

letter from C. S. Devereux to Mrs Cook (1861)The South Danvers Ladies’ Soldiers Aid Society was formed by Eunice Cook on April 24, 1861. It was the third such Society in the Union. By the time the war ended in 1865, there would be thousands of such Societies, created to aid the wounded.

During its four years and five months of work, they raised $3400 in cash and over $2000 in supplies for the use of the United States Sanitary Commission. As the leader of the Society, Eunice Cook received letters from many aiding the wounded.

One of her most frequent correspondents was Almira Fales. Months before the war began, Almira Fales collected bandages and other supplies, despite the ridicule she received from those who believed she was an alarmist.

And when the war did begin, she was hired by Frederick Law Olmstead, who was on the Board for the United States Sanitary Commission. She was given two ambulances for the transport of wounded. The South Danvers Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society provided supplies for Almira Fales, as well as many other agencies involved in the care of the wounded.


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