The Constitution and register of membership of the General Society of the War of 1812, June 1, 1908. Extracted from Descendant Members of the Illinois Society, pages 161-166. Contributed to ILGenWeb by Norma Haas.
During the Civil War the number of men lost by disease was appalling, but it would have been even larger had it not been for the women whose work is described in Lincoln’s Daughters of Mercy by Marjorie Barstow Greenbie. These were the women who, first organizing spontaneously in Ladies’ Aid Societies, later bore the brunt of the work of the United States Sanitary Commission after that organization was founded in the summer of 1861.