The Women’s Relief Corps Red Book. A manual, containing the rules and regulations of the Women’s Relief Corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic...
Wittenmeyer, Annie.

Boston: E.B. Stillings & Co., 1891. First edition. Revised and updated editions of the Red Book continued to be released. Some rubbing to extremities, some fading to cloth, and a couple small black stains on back cover (probably ink or paint). Yellow floral endpapers. Hinges cracking slightly and binding a bit shaken. Toning to edges, margins, and endpapers. A bit of pink staining, possibly paint, at bottom edges of final ten or so leaves. The final printed leaf in the book is a bit short at fore-edge, possibly from imprecise binding. Overall a good, sound copy of a scarce book. Publisher’s red cloth lettered in gilt on front cover. Octavo. 200 pp. (Item ID: 16675)


Sarah Annie Turner Wittenmyer (1827-1900) was a writer and Civil War nurse who was elected president of the Women’s Relief Corps in 1889. She was also the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The Women’s Relief Corps was an offshoot of the Grand Army of the Republic, which was established in 1866 as a political advocacy group by veterans of the Union Army. The GAR campaigned for the voting rights of black veterans and for the establishment of veterans’ pensions. The WRC advocated for similar goals, as well as for establishing an infrastructure to support the wives and children of Union Army soldiers killed or injured during the Civil War. The introduction to this book explains that the WRC sought to honor and establish pensions for the numerous women who provided medical care to the Union Army. Wittenmyer received her own pension in 1898.

OCLC lists seven copies.

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