The Death of a Soldier
Date: December 2013
Duration: 0 hours 22 minutes
Before Louisa May Alcott achieved national fame with LittleWomen, she received success and recognition for Hospital Sketches, which waspublished in 1863. The book is based on her experience as a Civil War nurse ata Union hospital in Georgetown. In "The Death of a Soldier," an excerpt fromthe fourth chapter, she recounts the final days of a young Virginian blacksmithnamed John. Told through his nurse, Periwinkle, who stands by his side until his death,John never wavers in his desire to return to his post as a soldier and fulfillhis duty.
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