John Suhre, whom Louisa May Alcott called the “hero” of her Hospital Sketches, strongly influenced her thinking and writing. However, almost nothing has been known about him. This article identifies Suhre and reconstructs his final months, from his enlistment in the 133rd Pennsylvania Volunteers to his death in an army hospital.
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