Mary Henry Diary Entries on Dorothea Dix and Fort Sumter Attack

ID: SIA2013-02720 and SIA2013-02721 and SIA2013-02722

Creator: Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903


Date: April 13 -15, 1861

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 51, Folder: 3

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Entry from the diary of Mary Henry, daughter of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, reminiscing about her friend the social activist Dorothea Dix and her work creating Civil War era hospitals to care for injured soldiers. Mary also discusses the attack on Fort Sumter.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Dix, Dorothea Lynde 1802-1887
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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For the fully digitized diaries see negative numbers SIA2013-02704 through SIA2013-02816 (Diary 1858-1863) and negative numbers SIA2013-01937 through SIA2013-02126 (Diary 1864-1868).

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 51, Folder: 3

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • April 13 -15, 1861
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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  • Diaries
  • Soldiers
  • Hospitals
  • History


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)

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SIA2013-02720 and SIA2013-02721 and SIA2013-02722

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Number of Images: 5 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7.9w x 10.2h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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