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Doing the Work of History: The Diary as Historical Evidence: The Case of Sarah Gallop Gregg

Doing the Work of History: The Diary as Historical Evidence: The Case of Sarah Gallop Gregg DOING THE HISTORY WORK The Diary as Historical Evidence The Case of Sarah Gallop Gregg KATHLBBN S. HAMSOH Collc~ of Nmhg uni.versity of mmis at Chicago M. PATRICIA DONAHUE College of Nursing Universiv of Iowa On r January 1863, Sarah Gallop Gregg, a milliner from Ottawa, Illinois, began two years of sentice as a nurse with the Union forces during the Civil War. During these years she recorded in her diary rhe wens of rhe day. After the war, Sarah Gregg retuned to Ottawa, where she remained until her death in 1897.' Knowledge of her Civil War service and, of hcr diary lingered among kd residents, but she ws generally unknown outside of LaSalle CountyJ Illinois. Her name briefly surfaced in 1929 and in the early 19305, when she was represented in a collection of ligumes by distin- guished sculpt~m Mina Schmidt. The fyynnes, depicting women of note in Illinois history, were exhibited at the World's Colurnbian Exposition in 1929 and 1932.~ Mrs. Gregg's name dm appad in two rnases theses during the 19 3 os and in two articles in thefmd @the IW Sm Hktw- id SOIX@~.~ Mrs. Greg again faded from public awareness. Ln 1968, Dr. R http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Doing the Work of History: The Diary as Historical Evidence: The Case of Sarah Gallop Gregg

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1062-8061
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10.1891/1062-8061.4.1.169
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DOING THE HISTORY WORK The Diary as Historical Evidence The Case of Sarah Gallop Gregg KATHLBBN S. HAMSOH Collc~ of Nmhg uni.versity of mmis at Chicago M. PATRICIA DONAHUE College of Nursing Universiv of Iowa On r January 1863, Sarah Gallop Gregg, a milliner from Ottawa, Illinois, began two years of sentice as a nurse with the Union forces during the Civil War. During these years she recorded in her diary rhe wens of rhe day. After the war, Sarah Gregg retuned to Ottawa, where she remained until her death in 1897.' Knowledge of her Civil War service and, of hcr diary lingered among kd residents, but she ws generally unknown outside of LaSalle CountyJ Illinois. Her name briefly surfaced in 1929 and in the early 19305, when she was represented in a collection of ligumes by distin- guished sculpt~m Mina Schmidt. The fyynnes, depicting women of note in Illinois history, were exhibited at the World's Colurnbian Exposition in 1929 and 1932.~ Mrs. Gregg's name dm appad in two rnases theses during the 19 3 os and in two articles in thefmd @the IW Sm Hktw- id SOIX@~.~ Mrs. Greg again faded from public awareness. Ln 1968, Dr. R

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1996

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