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Vermont's Civil War Hospitals: Reflected in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches

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04/26/2011

Vermont historian Howard Coffin presents Vermont Civil War hospitals, in particular the three  in Brattleboro, Montpelier, and Burlington, and how they relate to Louisa May Alcott’s account of nursing at the Union Hospital, 1862-63, in Hospital Sketches, and other writings.  Coffin is author of three Civil War histories:  Full Duty:  Vermont in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; and The Battered Stars: One State’s Civil War Ordeal During Grant’s Overland Campaign.   This program is part of a series informed by Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen.  Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Vermont Public Television  and Vermont Humanities Council  are in concert with Brownell Library.

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