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Hawks, Esther Hill
(University of South Carolina, 1984)
The author of this diary was one of America's first female physicians. Before the Civil War, she & her husband, John Milton Hawks, also a physician, had a practice in Manchester, N.H. In 1862, she joined her husband on the Sea Islands of S.C., to minister to black Union troops & newly-freed slaves as teacher & doctor. Her diary covers the Civil War & Reconstruction periods. The South she describes consists of carpetbaggers, occupation troops far from home, zealous missionaries, freed slaves & their hungry children.
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