“THREE MONTHS UNDER THE SNOW:” AN INSPIRING STORY OF FAITH AND ENDURANCE THROUGH SUFFERING FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS ARMY’S ARMORY SQUARE HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON

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This is a scarce book from the library of a Civil War army hospital. Titled “Three Months Under the Snow: The Journal of a Young Inhabitant of the Jura,” a translation of a French work by J.J. Porchat, it was published by Robert Carter and Brothers, New York in 1862 and bears a presentation book plate inside the back cover noting it was donated to the Armory Square Hospital Library by “Carter & Brother” of New York. Pasted inside the front cover is a copy of General Order No. 14, dated Feb. 19, 1864, from the Armory Square Hospital, laying out the rules and regulations for the hospital library from D.W. Bliss, Surgeon U.S.V. in charge. The label has a small red number “309” on it, perhaps the book’s number on the library shelves and the remains of a paper label on the spine was likely numbered as well.

The binding is cloth, partially split along the hinge, but seemingly complete, and embossed on the front, “Carters’ Fireside Library” with the number “3,” indicating it is part of the company’s third series of books. The company specialized in children’s and young adult literature of the inspirational sort. This one is the story of young man and his grandfather snowbound for months in a mountain chalet (much better sounding than the actual description, the structure being more of a large hut and mainly used for sheltering cattle and the production of cheese in better weather.) The main lesson appears to be courage in adversity buttressed by religious faith as imparted to the young man by his failing grandfather as supplies dwindle, storms and fires break out, and wolves howl at the door. It was obviously a message thought to appeal or at least important to impart to wounded soldiers suffering in the hospital wards.

This would make an interesting addition to a medical collection or hospital display.    [sr][ph:L]

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