Tag Archives: Ellen Orbison Harris

A nurse goes to war, Part 4: “We finished our rounds in double quick time”

On Wednesday, June 25, 1862 Union troops fought their last offensive action of the Peninsula Campaign at the Battle of Oak Grove. Federal regiments racked up casualties and accomplished precious little in the swamps west and southwest of Seven Pines, Va. “We had heard firing all the morning and knew what must follow,” said Bath […]

A nurse goes to war, Part 3: “My mother and my sister … are in the next room”

After arriving at Savage Station on Friday, June 13, 1862, nurses Sarah Sampson of Bath and Ellen Orbison Harris of Philadelphia started caring for sick and wounded Union soldiers. Not all were found in Army hospitals set up near Savage Station. The warm and colorful Virginia spring passed into early summer as the nurses spread […]

A nurse goes to war, Part 2: Sarah Sampson hitches a ride to the front lines

During her initial days spent working as a nurse at White House Landing on the Pamunkey River, Sarah Sampson of Bath cared for many 3rd Maine soldiers. Aboard the steamer Elm City she nursed Brig. Gen. Charles Jameson, the initial commander of the 2nd Maine Infantry. “Ill with the fever that terminated his life,” Jameson […]