"I want you to write to my mother and tell her that I die for my country and if I had another life to live I would freely give it."
....On consulting Dr. Letterman I thought it advisable to continue my services to the 5th corps, as our men there, had suffered severely, and I learned that there were ladies going to all the other corps. On arriving I found them in a pitiable condition, many of them destitute of food and clothing, among them Capt. B of the 20th [Maine] with 19 of his men, the greater part mortally wounded. Through some delay my supplies had not arrived, however I took a team and made a circuit of many miles, persuading the farmers to contribute bread, butter, chickens and pies, as they had large quantities prepared to sell to our boys, but I talked them out of it and made them give to me, for them and returned with as much as my carriage would contain. One poor fellow of the 20th sent for me and said, "I want you to write to my mother and tell her that I die for my country and if I had another life to live I would freely give it." I asked him if he suffered much, he said, "oh! no, no, I am going to my Saviour, tell her I was 20 years old." Many like scenes occurred......
The 5th Corps hospital was located at the Michael Fiscel Farm, located about 1 1/2 miles southeast of Little Round Top, along Goulden Road, nearby the Michael Trostle Farm on Rock Creek.
Isabella Morrison Fogg (1823 - 23 December 1873)
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Widowed in 1860, Isabella Fogg supported herself and her son, Hugh, by sewing - tailoring to be precise. In the Spring of 1861, young Hugh joined Capt. Joel Haycock’s Co D 6th Maine and by Fall of the same year, Isabella joined the Maine Camp & Hospital Association in order that she might serve in the hospitals. She was one of the first Maine women to volunteer her services as a nurse. Fogg served in field hospitals on a number of battlefields including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, bringing along much needed medical supplies. This article sheds light on her important services after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Although lots of articles and even a book have been written about Isabella Fogg, I haven't run across any that cite this particular account. Perhaps it would be difficult to find? I ran across it by accident, when looking for something else. Washington, July 27  My Dear Mrs. E.--
And another letter, printed in the same column, this one dated August 4, 1863.
[The Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME), August 05, 1863, page 2.]