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The family back home was the primary source of comfort-both psychological and physical-to sons, brothers, and fathers in uniform. The words Hoosiers wrote in letters and diaries portray the dialogues between those at home and those at war.
From the national to the local level, networks of caring citizens - especially women - organized collections of supplies through the Sanitary Commission and ladies' aid societies. Medical supplies made up another important component of the donations Hoosiers made to the war effort.
Another form of home front assistance found communities uniting to support soldiers' families left at home to fend for themselves. Women and the elderly took up the burdens and solved the problems: planting and harvest; minding the shop; educating the children - tasks the menfolk now in uniform formerly accomplished.