The Death of a Soldier
Before Louisa May Alcott achieved national fame with LittleWomen, she received success and recognition for Hospital Sketches, which waspublished in 1863. The book is based on her experience as a Civil War nurse ata Union hospital in Georgetown. In “The Death of a Soldier,” an excerpt fromthe fourth chapter, she recounts the final days of a young Virginian blacksmithnamed John. Told through his nurse, Periwinkle, who stands by his side until his death,John never wavers in his desire to return to his post as a soldier and fulfillhis duty.
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