Letter, Vienna Soldiers' Aid Society to Soldiers' Aid Society of Northern Ohio, Cleveland, October 22, 1862

Vienna Ohio Oct. 22 [1862]

Mrs. B. Rouse.
Pres’t Soldiers’ Aid Soc.

Dear Madam

We forward to you one box hospital supplies, containing the following articles (viz, 1 quilt, 12 shirts, 17 prs drawers, 4 pillow cases, 38 yds bandages).

One box is very small this week. We have some more things prepared but cannot send them this week as this is the largest box we can get to-day. We find it rather more difficult to obtain cotton cloth since the prices here raised which accounts in part for our not sending more supplies lately. Some Soldiers from the hospitals in Kentucky and bring rather discouraging accounts about the patients getting any of our dried & canned fruits—Jellies, &c. we have often heard such reports but these last reports seem to discourage people about sending such things more than [sic] any previous report. I hope we may be able to do considerably for our suffering soldiers. There are but few who take or seem to take much interest in helping us. I write these things that you may know why we have sent so little lately. I shall not often weary you with so long a letter.

Laura Woodford. Sec.

Transcription from original letter, United States Sanitary Commission, Cleveland Branch (Soldiers' Aid Society of Northern Ohio) Records, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.