Sarah Low (1830—1913) was Dover’s Civil War nurse, devoting almost three years of her life to tending wounded Union soldiers in field hospitals around Washington, DC from 1862—65. Despite conditions she called “indescribably gruesome”, she happily met both President and Mrs. Lincoln at a reception, and later, sadly, attended his wake and funeral in the Rotunda. This fragile letter storage box, Sarah’s own, was given to the Museum after it was found in a box of donations at Savers in Newington! Sarah was a prolific letter-writer and many descriptive passages from her nursing days in the Capitol can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1Z4cP98.
Location: W3, Civil War Gallery