Dear family, 

I have been away for a few years now and I have had so many surprising experiences. As you all know I am a nurse for the Civil war of Arkansas there has been a lot going on with me in the past few years and I haven't had the time to send you this message. I work in a hospital named Helena.

There is much to handle here to handle let me just start off with this. After a divided Arkansas seceded from the Union in 1861, it became a strategic target for both North and South because of its location on the Mississippi River and its role as a gateway to the Southwest.This started the Civil war of Arkansas

This is one of the pictures I captured while on my "break." There are many people here in need of serious medical attention. 

Many people in the Hospital come here with serious problem,some even come to the hospital will a cut off leg! The civil war of Arkansas is horrible there are so many people injured and there is tons of work at the hospital. 

As you can see here the war was very dry and hot there were a huge amount of people in the war and while you were fighting you would be all crowded and hard to move or run. Participating were some 26,000 soldiers.

In December, 1862, more than 11,000 Confederates battled Union forces at Prairie Grove in a failed attempt to prevent federal occupation of Fort Smith. 

The Union victory dashed Confederate hopes of occupying Missouri In December, 1862, more than 11,000 Confederates battled Union forces at Prairie Grove in a failed attempt to prevent federal occupation of Fort Smith. In The control of Arkansas River commerce was at stake when 30,000 Union troops overwhelmed 5,000 Confederates at Arkansas Post in January 1863, while control of the Mississippi figured in the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863

A lot of men had been wounded in engagements with Confederates and partisans on the march through Arkansas. All were weak from weeks of fighting heat, thirst, insects and reptiles.Many became ill soon after they arrived in Helena. No matter the cause, their condition was made worse by the lack of proper hospital facilities.

Union forces, occupied Little Rock on Sept. 10, 1863, despite numerous skirmishes. Union forces occupied Little Rock on Sept. 10, 1863, despite numerous skirmishes. The state's Confederate government moved it's capital to the town of Washington. In the spring 1864, thirteen thousand federal troops then headed for the southwest from the city of Little Rock in an attempt to finish the Union conquest of the state.

“There are about 30 thousand troops encamped in and around Helena, and I can say without exaggerating that there is buried forty men every day and sometimes more.” George Hammond. This note was written to a father while in the hospital.

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