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Context of To the loyal women of America. : Treasury Building, Washington, October 1, 1861. Countrywomen: You are called upon to help take care of our sick and wounded soldiers and sailors. It is true that government undertakes their care, but ... government alone cannot completely provide for the humane treatment of those for whom the duty of providing, as well as possible, is acknowledged. ... Hence, an intermediate agency becomes necessary ... The Sanitary Commission, a volunteer and unpaid bureau of the War Department of the government, constitutes such an agency. ..
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