From “Hospital Sketches” by Louisa May Alcott, a small collection of letters published in August 1863 about her heartbreaking experiences during six weeks as a volunteer nurse of Civil War soldiers in Georgetown. There are many free sources of this text online. You can read it at the University of Pennsylvania Digital Library http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/alcott/sketches/sketches.html. Portrait engraving from the Library of Congress.
Doniphan Civil War Days April 20-21, 2012, is must-see for Civil War buffs. Includes a Civil War encampment, craftsmen and vendors, artillery drills, cannon fire, blacksmith displays, period crafts, minstrels, music groups, and food vendors.
Now everyone thinks were nothing but a bunch of crazy eccentrics trying to stop the world from ending. Which is exactly what we are. As a matter of fact, thats exactly whats the entire worlds become. Were all just trying to survive.