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  1. lelliott19

    Mystery Solved: The Belle of the Battlefield, A Nurse Named Mollie Benson & the Flag of the Yancey Rifles 11th Alabama

    You know how sometimes you run across a story that is incomplete? Something that is uncertain or unknown? And you get to wondering if maybe, just maybe, it's possible to connect the dots and figure out the whole story. To find out exactly what happened? Don't you just love it when all the pieces...
  2. M

    Researching Anna Morris Holstein, Civil War Nurse

    I am researching Anna Morris Holstein. She served as a nurse in the Civil War and wrote a book, Three Years in Field Hospitals of the Army of the Potomac. She also was instrumental in saving Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge and establishing the park there. If anyone has information...
  3. CharlotteEMcKay

    Gettysburg General David Bell Birney's steps and his nurse

    I am curious how to go about researching where physicians in General Dan Sickles corp. would be listed. The US military documented heaps related to medical, I am confident they are listed somewhere. I am researching a union nurse, arrived late to Gettysburg. The nurse, Charlotte E. McKay...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Mrs. Wheeler Lucks Out, Twice, A Spotsylvania Story

    I've always wondered about this image, women photographed at Spotsylvania's hotel. You don't see this number of women photographed together on battlefields and that was all of Spotsylvania. Found a possible clue in the story of a Mrs. Wheeler. As ever, charges of apocryphal tend to be lodged...
  5. M

    First Michigan Civil War nurse is from my home town.

    She was from Lansing Michigan. Detroit Free Press Apr. 28 1861.
  6. SWMODave

    ... she brought “Order out of chaos” almost like magic.

    Mary Ann 'Mother' Bickerdyke Another Mother Bickerdyke thread - by a fellow nurse I will now relate some of the incidents in Mother Bickerdyke’s services that came under my own observation. At the battle of Shiloh the wounded were removed as fast as possible to Savannah and Mother Bickerdyke...
  7. John Hartwell

    Walt Whitman's Hospital Work

    Although he did sometimes help out with dressing wounds, or other necessary tasks in the army hospitals of Washington, Walt Whitman was not normally a “nurse.” His self-assigned (and entirely un-official) role was more of ”morale officer.” American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs met...
  8. John Hartwell

    Discussion The Incredible Story of Sarah K. Johnson

    [In the next three posts, I am going to quote in full three letters that just begin to tell a most extraordinary story. They come from among a dozen similar letters supporting the pension application of Mrs. Sarah K. Johnson.The entire file (# 121511, all 51 pages) can be found at
  9. lelliott19

    Ruth S. Mayhew 3rd Corps Nurse on the Aftermath at Gettysburg

    "...I wish those who send such nice things, could see how they are appreciated; it would repay them I think for all their labors and sacrifice. There seems to be a need for everything that is sent..." ...At nine o'clock in the morning we left in cattle cars for this place, seated on the boxes...
  10. lelliott19

    Isabella M. Fogg: 5th Corps Nurse Reports on Aftermath of Gettysburg

    "I want you to write to my mother and tell her that I die for my country and if I had another life to live I would freely give it." ....On consulting Dr. Letterman I thought it advisable to continue my services to the 5th corps, as our men there, had suffered severely, and I learned that there...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Youngest Serving To Receive Pension? Sadie Bushman, To Gettysburg And Beyond

    Sadie Bushman of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, crowned " Most Beautiful Woman In Oakland ", California ( by anyone attending the meeting of her relief organization ), had a story about the battle and quite a few other things. Sadie Bushman's civilian account of what happened when two armies...
  12. John Hartwell

    Nurse Hyatt was a Cheerful Soul!

    You just can't judge from a photograph! This lady, Elizabeth A. Hyatt, a nurse who marched off to war with the 4th Wisconsin Regiment in 1861, was something of a card. She always made it her business to spread cheer and good spirits, as well as careful nursing among the men under her care...
  13. Northern Light

    Rebecca Usher: A Maine Women Goes to War

    From the Maine Memory Network: Rebecca Usher: "To succor the suffering soldiers" Rebecca Usher, Hollis, ca. 1900Item Contributed by Maine Historical Society Text by Candace Kanes Images from Maine Historical Society Before women...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    Before ‘Little Women,’ Louisa May Alcott found inspiration in a Civil War hospital

    Louisa May Alcott was a runner. Of the many fascinating details that come to life in Samantha Seiple’s new book, “Louisa on the Front Lines,” this one is particularly telling. Just think about it. More than 100 years before running became a popular sport, Alcott ran for the sheer joy of it...
  15. Belle Montgomery

    Ellen Forbes- the Civil War nurse made her mark in history

    Shirley Hallett is thinking a lot about her great-great-grandmother, Ellen Forbes, this Veterans Day. Forbes was a nurse in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and tended to wounded soldiers until she contracted malarial typhus and was sent back to her home in Maine. “She was born Sept. 1...
  16. Belle Montgomery

    1928-1934:Recollections of the US Civil War Video including from 96 yo Union Army Nurse

    This condensed time stamped footage includes interviews with people like 96 and at age 100 year old Union Army nurse Margaret Hayes, NC Congressman former Confederate Major Charles Stedman and others. Some even knew and talk about Robert E Lee. It is truly amazing.
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    Sophronia Meets Charley " McGee " , " If They Think It's Best To Shoot Me... "

    Sophronia Bucklin, nurse, remembers marches to ' The Dead House ' extremely well, sharing this in her post-war memoirs. One man destined for one of those stretchers related his awfully narrow escape. Anyone familiar with" The Cremation of Sam McGee "? "There are strange things done in the...
  18. JPK Huson 1863

    Nurse Carrie Cutter Remembered, Because Clara Did

    Landing of the troops at Roanoke Island, by Alonzo Chappel, NYPL, Burnside's ships stand in the harbor. Men died in the battle, an exhausted nurse perished on board one of these transports, the USS Northern.. Ramsdell’s 1901 History of Milford N.H. devoted a page to Miss Carrie Cutter, a Union...
  19. Mike Serpa

    Major Belle Reynolds photo

    This photo of Union nurse Major Belle Reynolds is from Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress A link to a thread about her from @JPK Huson 1863
  20. SWMODave

    I had seen many die, but none ... I had attended so closely ...

    Kate Cumming (Diary Entries) April 14 - About eight were in the room, among them Mr. Regan of Alabama and Mr. Eli Wasson of Texas, both of whom had lost a leg. I paid these special attention as they were worse than the others. April 15 - Mr. Wasson is cheerful, and is doing well; tells me...
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