We get many requests for records concerning orphans who were cared for at orphanages run by the DCs. We do not have case files on individual orphans, and for most orphanages we do not even have names of children. Many times orphan records end up at Catholic Charities in the diocese or archdiocese where the orphange was located; however there are exceptions.
While researching a recent request we found out that records from St. Vincent Orphan Asylum and St. Rose’s Industrial Home for Girls, both in Washington, DC, are in the Archives at Catholic University of America.
The Daughters of Charity’s Civil War collections include Sisters’ recollections of their service at Satterlee. Much of this material has been published in Charity Afire: Pennsylvania, by Sister Betty Ann McNeil. In addition, transcriptions of our Sisters’ accounts are available for research in the Provincial Archives.
Additional information about Satterlee can be found at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC. Satterlee records are part of Record Group 94 (Records of the Adjutant General’s Office), Series “Field Hospital Records”. These records consist of nearly 30 volumes, most of them fairly large. Some of the volumes are arranged chronologically by date of admittance, while others are arranged by a soldier’s regiment and then by date he was admitted.
Another series containing data pertaining to a soldier’s hospitalization is “Carded Medical Records, Civil War” These records are arranged by state, thereunder by the numerical designation of regiments, (i.e., all of a state’s infantry, artillery, cavalry units under the same numerical designation would be filed together); and then by alphabetically by surname.
NARA staff cannot undertake extensive searches for patrons, but they can make these records available their research room. For more information about planning a research visit to their facility in Washington, DC, please go to the NARA web site.
Other records of Satterlee Hospital can be found at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Historical Library and Wood Institute
Patient ledger and scrapbook
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