CS Newsom, Ella


Lieutenant General
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Managing Member & Webmaster
Apr 1, 1999
Martinsburg, WV
Ella Newsom


Nurse with the Confederate Army

Born: June 1838, in Brandon, Mississippi

Served: Various hospitals throughout the South, 1861 to 1865

Died: January 20, 1919, in Washington, DC

A wealthy widow from Arkansas, Ella Newsom studied nursing under the Roman Catholic sisters at the start of the Civil War.
As a hospital superintendent, Newsom served the wounded of the Confederate Army at hospitals in Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Corinth, Mississippi; and throughout Georgia. Her activities were so admired that she became known as "the Florence Nightingale of the Southern Army."