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.
Photo: City Hospital, Indianapolis Indiana