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Civil War Army Nurses at Gettysburg.

Excerpt from "The Army Nurse Corps: The Civil War (1861-1865) and After"

Many women served as nurses in the hospitals of both the Union and Confederate Armies, often also performing their humanitarian service close to the fighting front or on the battlefields themselves – earning the undying respect and gratitude from those whom they served.

On June 10, 1861, two months after the Civil War began, the Secretary of War appointed Dorothea Lynde Dix as Superintendent of Women Nurses for the Union Army.

Around 6,000 women performed nursing duties for the federal forces. It is estimated that some 181 black nurses served in convalescent and U.S. Government hospitals during the war.

Source: The official homepage of the U.S. Army, Women in the U.S. Army

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Title: Civil War Army Nurses at Gettysburg.


Report of Department of Wharves, Docks, & Ferries. December 31,1923

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