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I. M. Fogg

I. M. Fogg

Federal (CIV)

Isabella Morrison Fogg

(1823 - 1873)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Civilian

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

She was from Calais, Maine, and joined her son Hugh, a member of the 6th Maine, in Washington, D.C in 1861. She was a volunteer with the Maine Camp Hospital Association (which she may have founded), and began visiting Washington hospitals. By the fall of 1862, the Maine Soldier's Relief Agency, headquartered in Washington, was responsible for relief efforts for Maine troops.

The rest of the War

Fogg and others believed the greatest need for assistance was in the field, not in the Washington hospitals, so she and other ladies working for both the Camp Hospital Association and the Relief Agency got permission, and on 1 November 1862 travelled to the area around Sharpsburg, Maryland.

"They were horrified to find sick and wounded soldiers, supposedly long since removed, still languishing in barns and sheds and tents all over the area." They had trouble with the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which should have had the situation in hand, but did good work distributing supplies to the soldiers even so.

See her own report to John Hathaway of the Relief Agency on what she found.

She left the Camp and Hospital Association in 1863, and then served with the U.S. Christian Commission. She was at Gettysburg (presumably) after that battle. In 1865 was injured when she fell through an open hatchway aboard the hospital boat Jacob Strader on the Ohio River, permanently injuring her spine. She was awarded a Federal pension for her services due to work on her behalf by Federal officers including Chamberlain, Meade and Grant.

References & notes

Sources: Records of the Maine Soldier's Relief Agency in the Maine State Archives; and
Desjardin, Thomas A., Self-Imposed Work of Mercy: Civil War Women of the Maine Camp and Hospital Association, 1861-1865, an unpublished manuscript - all presented online by the Maine State Archives.