When the fighting ended on May 15, 1864, and the Union army retreated from New Market, who took care of the injured? Civilians took a major role in the immediate aftermath situation and also in the memory of the battle in later decades.
This week’s video focuses on some stories about three civilian women, New Market’s memory of the battle, and how the battle’s veterans later re-fought it on paper, creating an impressive primary source record.
8 Aug 1863
Your letters of 28 July & 2 Aug have been recd., & I have waited for a leisure hour to reply, but I fear that will never come. I am extremely obliged to you for your attention given to the wants of this Army * the efforts made to supply them. Our absentees are returning, & I hope the earnest & beautiful appeal made to the country in your proclamation, may stir up the virtue of the whole people & that they may see their duty & perform it. Nothing is wanted but that their fortitude should equal their bravery to ensure the success of our cause.
We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies & to prevent our falling into greater disasters. Our people have only to be true & united, to bear manfully the misfortunes incident to war & all will come right in the end. I know how prone we are to censure, & how ready to blame others for the nonfulfillment of our expectations. This is unbecoming in a generous people & I grieve to see its expression. Continue reading