Today in Alcott history …

The American Literary Blog reports:

  • The first of what became four installments of Hospital Sketches was published in the magazine Boston Commonwealth on May 22, 1863.
  • Later, in book form, it carried the subtitle “An Army Nurse’s True Account of Her Experiences During the Civil War.”
  • The author, Louisa May Alcott, had spent about six weeks volunteering at a Union hospital outside of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. Her letters home were the basis of the book.

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