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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

Her wartime service from the Records of the Maine Soldier's Relief Agency and Thomas A. Desjardin's Self-Imposed Work of Mercy: Civil War Women of the Maine Camp and Hospital Association, 1861-1865, an unpublished manuscript, all presented online by the Maine State Archives. Personal details from family genealogists. Her gravesite is on Findagrave.

She married William Fogg in 1836 and they had a daughter Jeanette Fogg Hanson (1842-1918) and son Hugh M Fogg (1843-1880), both born in New Brunswick.

Hugh enlisted in the 6th Maine Infantry in July 1861 and was ill in August 1862 and may not have been at Antietam. He reenlisted and transferred to the 7th Maine in February 1864, and lost his left leg to amputation after being wounded at Cedar Creek, VA in October 1864. Between 1868 and his death in January 1880 at age 36 he was Superintendent of the US National Cemeteries at Cold Harbor, VA, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Louisville, KY.


1823; Scotch Ridge, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, CANADA


12/23/1873; Washington, DC; burial in Forest City Cemetery, South Portland, ME