Letter from Louisa May Alcott to Hannah Stevenson, 26 December 1862
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In 1862-1863, Louisa May Alcott served briefly as an army nurse in Washington, an experience she would later use as material for her first literary success, Hospital Sketches. Alcott wrote this letter from Georgetown's Union Hotel Hospital to her friend Hannah Stevenson, candidly stating that she was "rather staggered" by what she had seen.