Item #1572 Letter of Formation of Y.M.C.A. "Special Relief Corps" for Sick and Starved Soldiers at Annapolis. Civil War, George May Powell, Y M. C. A. Christian Commission.
Letter of Formation of Y.M.C.A. "Special Relief Corps" for Sick and Starved Soldiers at Annapolis
Letter of Formation of Y.M.C.A. "Special Relief Corps" for Sick and Starved Soldiers at Annapolis
Starved Civil War Soldiers at Annapolis Aided by Y.M.C.A. Volunteers from Washington, DC

Letter of Formation of Y.M.C.A. "Special Relief Corps" for Sick and Starved Soldiers at Annapolis

1865. Single sheet folded in half to 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" Fine condition, with some mild browning, light stains, and two horizontal mailing folds.

Original handwritten letter dated March 27, 1865, from the "Rooms of the Y.M.C.A." in Washington, DC. The letter organizes a "Special Relief Corps" of short term nurse volunteers standing ready to travel from Washington, DC to Annapolis to assist in the care of soldiers in the U.S. General Hospital there. The text of the letter is as follows:

"The undersigned hereby organize ourselves into a 'Special Relief Corps' to be held in readiness to send not exceeding three of our members at one time to help care for sick and starved soldiers at the U.S. General Hospital at Annapolis Maryland. We agree that our delegates shall remain at Annapolis working under the supervision of either the local manager of the U.S. Christian Commission stationed there, or, of the Directoress of said capital for a time not exceeding three days excepting as they may be able or willing voluntarily to remain longer. Otherwise, in cases of special emergency their places are to be filled by others of our members all of whom are to be held in readiness to go to Annapolis upon notification by telegram or otherwise of such services being needed."

The "starved soldiers" referred to in the letter were Union prisoners of war recently released from Confederate prison camps. Annapolis was the receiving station for prisoners returning from Andersonville, Belle Isle, Libby Prison, and other Confederate prisons.

The document is signed by eight men, including George May Powell (notable Y.M.C.A. activist, Lincoln supporter, and Treasury Dept statistician) and Benjamin Stinemetz, national vice-president of the Y.M.C.A.


Item #1572

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