Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from a hospital at Craney Island on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, where he is recovering from a gunshot wound. This week, Marvin’s doctor gives him peaches, a nurse gives him reading material, and a wild rumor about General McClellan (“Georg B.”) capturing 40,00 troops, killing Confederate General Jackson and wounding General Lee circulates the hospital.
“Dr. Stockers* wife is going amng the tents administering to the sick[.] There is many here that need her cair[.] The Dr fall short of their duty and the Nurses need [pokeing] up. Weather very warm[.]”
*Surgeon Anthony Eugene Stocker, US Volunteers, established the hospital at Craney Island and oversaw the removal of 1,200 patients from Harrison’s Landing to the new hospital near Fortress Monroe. [http://www.civilwarhome.com/lettermanor1.htm]
Citation: September 15, 1862 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]