About Sarah Low
Sarah Low’s entire life was beautiful and unselfish, wholly spent in the care for others. And so it was not surprising that at the outbreak of the War Between the States Sarah Low was eager to be of service to the battle wounded men. Her family did not approve of her leaving Dover to undertake such a mission, but finally her strong desires prevailed. Sarah Low was very petite and seemed hardly capable of physically coping with the rigorous services which she was to perform.
On the morning of September 10, 1862 Sarah Low boarded a train for Philadelphia but before she left, a through train came in from Baltimore with a great many wounded soldiers on it. “It is said that there is much less excitement in Baltimore.”
Going south there was evidence of war, with forts and tents along the way and soldiers guarding bridges. The bridge in Baltimore was where the attack began on the Massachusetts 6th regiment. Union colors were flying from a great many buildings.
“I reached Washington before 6pm on the same day by lightening train.” “I took tea at the National Hotel where Mr. Hale’s (Senator John P. Hale) letter found me a very nice room.” “Great numbers of soldiers were marching through Washington, but nobody knows were they came from or where they are going.”
The next morning (the 11th) “I arrived safely at the Union Hotel Hospital. I took off my bonnet in Miss Stevenson’s room and went with her to her ward where she still had the wounds of three young men to dress. One of them, of the New Hampshire 6th Regiment, was very anxious to hear what they were doing in New Hampshire.”