Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in General Information | 3 comments

Angels of Mercy

During the last few days of September and early October 1862,  Charles F. Nelson was among the soldiers, both Union and Confederate, that were being treated at the City Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.  With his regiment stationed at nearby Camp Morton, Charles was sent to the hospital with debilitating dysentery when the post hospital could no longer care for him.

The hospital, federalized by the government after the outbreak of hostilities at Ft. Sumpter, was given over to the care and administration of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-in-the-Woods in May 1861.

Since disease and infection were the largest cause of death during the war, these sisters undoubtedly had a hand in the care of my ancestor.  His descendants and I must be grateful for the care, dedication and charity of these holy women.

Read more about their service at this hospital here.

Photo:  City Hospital, Indianapolis Indiana


3 Responses to “Angels of Mercy”

  1. I love this series! Thank you for sharing such a neat part of you!

  2. esteban says:

    I’m enjoying the idea of publishing my gggf’s tweet-like diary entries 150 years after the fact. I can only imagine what he would think of this.

  3. indyrose says:

    Is this where Wishard is located? I remember my Mother saying that it was called “City Hospital” many years ago. Hopefully if that is the case, that building will be preserved.

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