New York: Lange and Hillman, 1870. vii, 268p, 5 x 7.5 inches, illus, ex library with bookplate attached to front paste-down endpaper, dark green endpapers, shelfworn brown cloth-bound boards with beveled edges and some fraying at corners, front hinge loose, spine with bumped edges stamped in gilt and a hospital tent scene in gilt on the front board, tissue guard covering frontispiece portrait of Wheelock has large tear, date in blue pencil on a blank front page . Memoir of author's experiences as a nurse from 1862-1865 in Washington, D.C. including the death of her brother. Boys in white is a reference to the way the soldiers' bodies were prepared for burial.
Julia S. Wheelock Freeman (1833 - 1900) , a Michigan native, spent three years in Washington, DC nursing injured Civil War veterans as a volunteer with the Michigan Soldiers Relief Association. The US House of Representatives recognized Wheelock Freeman for her service as "a brave woman, a patriot in the highest sense of the term."