The following letter was sent to Kate M. Scott, who had written “HISTORY of the ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH REGIMENT of Pennsylvania Volunteers” in 1877, by Mary K. (McFarland) Boyington, wife of Robert I. Boyington. Many phd dissertation take this kind of writing as a standard for their own projects.
Carrier September 4th 1907
Miss Kate M. Scott
I notice in a late circular headed with the title or heading of General Orders No. 2 1907, that it is necessary that every volunteer nurse should write to you stating when and where and how long she served, by whom enlisted, name under which she served, present name, age and address:
As to when I began I can only tell you I began the wk following the battle of Gettysburg, while the boys were still on the battlefield, near round top. I believe I reached their field hospital on wed PM. After my husband was wounded on Friday.
I staid with the hospital as long as they were in the open or field Hospital until late November quite awhile after we had deep snows & cold weather. My husband being among the very last to be moved from camp letterman Hospital on account of the Seriousness of his wound. We were then moved to the York hospital, where we remained until about the first of March 1864.
After this I took him to our home in Ringgold Jefferson Co. Penna. Were he lay most of the summer. A Surgeon who had been in the hospital with us whose name I am not now able to recall (name Dr. Townsend) whose home was in Philadelphia PA corresponded with us regular and to him I gave daily accounts of the condition of the wound. And by my following out his directions I succeeded in healing up and seeing him able to walk.
I have some of the passes which was given me when in the hospital to allow me to go in & out of hospital and when I left little York. The Surgeon in charge gave me a volunteer nurses pass to my home.
Now if this is not Sufficient evidence you can ask James Hawthorn & if Capt McHenry is still living. (of Co of Indiana Pa). Also his cousin George McHenry of Co K who had a leg off just below the knee. They 105 boys. Also a man by the name of Joe Johnson of Co J. John & Aron Douglas of Co. J.
This is as nearly as I can remember an account of my hospital life.
(This John – N. Johnson was a cook & nurse with us in our first Hospital experience. A good fellow.) written Sept 6th 1907.
An additional item written by Robert Boyington in 1912 said, “Items concerning our coming to our home in Okla. March 16th 1894, we arrived at Enid (North) on Thursday night, March 15th. On the next day 16th Mr. Hawks and Papa – came out to plan a place to put our goods (which came) with us from Washington Kans. The next wk began to prepare a tent & stable & begin the necessary work for a home. Digging a well & c. Carpenters came well digger’s masons &c. There was certainly no assersor that year we came here."