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Tribute to sisters in Vincennes

Two Sisters of Providence took charge of the emergency hospital in Vincennes, Ind.

From time to time, The Vincennes Weekly Sun ran articles on the emergency hospital in that city. Much of the praise for this medical facility was directed toward Sisters St. Felix Buchanan and Sophie Glenn and Dr. Baty, who was head of the hospital.

From the July 4, 1862, issue:

Article headline: Vincennes Military Hospital

“This institution, under the superintendence of Dr. Baty, is a model of neatness, cleanliness, and economy. We doubt if there is a hospital in the country conducted more to the comfort of its inmates than this; or one where the invalids receive better attention from the stewards, nurses, etc.; and we are sure none surpass it in the medical and surgical knowledge and skill brought to bear in all cases. Besides, although the invalids have the best of everything to eat, we understand the daily expense to the Government per day, for each patient, is only about 10¼ cents for provisions.”

From the July 25, 1862, issue:

Article headline: Hospital closes

“We regret that by orders from the Surgeon General’s office, the military hospital of the city was closed Wednesday, and the inmates removed to Evansville. The invalid soldiers were lothe [sic} to leave their excellent quarters here, and some of them shed tears. They will never fall into better hands than Dr. Baty and his assistants.”

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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