|Confederate Hospital Culpeper, Culpeper County, VA
Where Catherine Marmion nursed the sick, wounded, and dying.
|The red building is also known as the Graffiti House because of all the hundreds of different graffiti on the walls that are still visable today. This may be where Catherine Murphy Marmion worked as a nurse. There were 3 hospitals in Culpeper. This one, the courthouse and one other near the Graffiti House
Below, proof that what Agnes Nelson Liversedge said about Catherine in her letter was indeed fact.
This is an excerpt from the Diary of Mary Sophia Hill
31st. Mr. Graham called to see me. Had a letter from Mrs. Marmion, from Culpeper, where she is nursing in the hospital, asking me to send on a Catholic clergyman to some sick and wounded who were not expected to live.
September 1st. Lovely day; sick recovering fast. Dr. McKelvy is a splendid physician, as well as a perfect gentleman in every sense of the word.
4th. A wedding in camp; Mrs. Fisher's nurse-maid, Eliza, married to Richardson, of Co. H. Great jollification; I did not go; I never go anywhere from my self-imposed duties at the hospital. Doctor notified me to be ready to move.
5th. Very wet. Mr. Mann, of Texas Rifles, died of typhoid fever. Letter to him from home, poor fellow! And a messenger from another regiment to say that his brother had just died.
7th. My cook left. I had extra work; called to ask the doctor if he could get Mrs. Marmion to attend the sick of the 7th Regiment, Col. H. T. Hays, commanding. Called on Col. Seymour. Mrs. Hanlin and Mr. Edmonds spend evening with me. We have only nine of the regiment sick; the 7th has 266, a great many with measles. They only muster 300 on parade in the 9th Regiment. Men raised in the country do not make hardy soldiers; those who knock round cities and towns are best, and can stand more fatigue and hardship, and the palm may be given for toughness to the Irish and Dutch.
9th. Wrote to Mrs. Marmion, to Culpeper, to come on and take charge of the sick of the 7th La. Regiment.
11th. Very ill myself. Mrs. Hanlin did my work and waited on me. My cook, Pat Ford was like a gentle good woman in his attention. He looks on me, as most of the private soldiers, as if I were their mother, and some of them call me so.
12th. Well again, and very busy. Day very hot; several men fainted on parade; two cases of sun-stroke.
16th orders to march, but did not start. Sharp cannonading all the morning. Major James visited the hospital. Two men fought, and one badly cut up.
17th. One of the Tensas refused to march; he was knocked down with a musket and cut badly. Nearly all his company turned out in great excitement to demand justice. He is now in hospital.
20th. Captain Hanlin visited hospital; I went to see Lieutenant Martin, who was sick in his tent.
22nd. Mrs. McGee, wife of a member of Co. F, had a baby. Dr. McKelvy officiated over the new recruit; of course I visited her, and prepared with my own hands what was necessary for her. Wrote to Mrs. Marmion, to Culpeper; she is nursing some of our men there. McKune shot a colonel at Centreville, for wanting to pass without giving the countersign.
25th. Mrs. Graham, the Adjutant's wife, spent the day with me. Captain Lanny, of Tensas Rifles, called and gave me forty dollars from the officers. Heard the picket-line was driven in at Numson's Hill, and there is to be a move to Germantown
"My Dear Mrs. Graham: it is very lucky that you did not come to the city, as my trip has been attended with all kinds of annoyances, in prison two days and a half, on parole a week, and before the military inquisition to give an account of myself, and when I was free I took the scarlet fever, I suppose from aggravation, and am only just recovering. I tell you I have had a time of it, and I bless the Yanks. Willey and Fan had the fever with me for company, and now the baby has taken it. Mrs. *Morman is living in the city on Bacchus street, and busy as a bee. She says she sent a box of clothes to Mrs. Blackstone from Havanna to Wilmington. You had better have inquiries made after it. I have bought Lee his shoes, if I could get a way to send them, dry goods are very dear. I can only buy you one dress. Mrs. Amice is separated from her husband, she is teaching in Havana., and her husband is here. Mrs. Dimitry goes into the Confederacy to-morrow or next day. I called on Mrs. Hunlin's aunt, but don't know the result yet. City very dull, very hot, and full of sickness, and as to lies about the battles in Virginia, it is quite ridiculous, the newsboys say they are all damned lies, even they can't stomach them. Fred is well and teaching in Madam Deron's school, only home occasionally. I feel too bad to-day to write much, but if you receive it I wish you would write to my brother, as dear knows whether he will hear from me write me all the news about our friends in Virginia, and joined by my sister-in-law with my love to you all, believe me yours,
(Signed) M. S. Hill."
* it says "Morman" but we know Marmion is the worlds most misspelled name, I am sure this is our very own dear Catherine Marmion
|A BRITISH SUBJECT'S RECOLLECTIONS OF THE CONFEDERACY
WHILE A VISITOR AND ATTENDANT
IN IT'S HOSPITALS AND CAMPS
By Mary Sophia Hill
Published Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers - 1875
Respectfully Dedicated to the Louisianians Who Wore the Grey.
|Mary Sophia Hill lived in the 2nd Ward in New Orleans with her younger brother Sam, an engineer. Both were born in Ireland. It appears they lived around the same neighborhood as Arthur and Catherine.|