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Letter from Annie Wittenmyer to the Soldiers’ Aid Societies of Iowa Ladies, 1861

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Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, pp. 113-114, 1861


This document is a letter from Iowa humanitarian Annie Wittenmyer that was published in the Keokuk Weekly Gate City. This letter was to the Soldiers' Aid Societies of Iowa Ladies in 1861 and it shared the conditions for recovering soldiers from the Civil War and requested aid and supplies.

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • What was the overall intent of the letter by Annie Wittenmyer?
  • How did Annie Wittenmyer appeal to this organization in order to obtain her requested aid and supplies? What textual evidence can you use to support your claim?
  • During the Civil War for every three soldiers killed in battle, five more died of disease. Why would Annie Wittenmyer's cause be so important for this war and future wars?