- Full Citation: David Mitchell Hudson, "Civil War Letters of David Mitchell Hudson," ed. Roy Hudson, Indiana Magazine of History
47, no. 2 (June 1951): 191-208.
- Home: Jennings County
- Year: 1864
- Regiment:120th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. K
- Abstract: Hudson (1837-1864) wrote several letters to his wife Sarah between March 13 and
August 26 before dying of scurvy in a Chattanooga hospital on August 28, 1864. His letters are
severley critical about soldier's care in the hospital. He had a particular loathing for cooks,
nurses, and doctors who took charity donations of food and clothing intended for soldiers for themselves,
ignored patients, got drunk, and played cards.
- Sample Text:
- "So I would say to all if you want to help the poor sick soldiers send [supplies] to them your self by
express, and don't allow any body else to handle it." (May 6, 1864, p. 201)
- "Wo! Wo!! unto the Doctors. Soldiers despise them...Put me in the front under rebel fire rather than
in a mean Doctors hands..." (July 22, 1864, p. 205)
- LC Subject Headings:
- United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 120th (1864-1866)
- Chattanooga (Tenn.) History Civil War, 1861-1865.