The Union Army seized a lavish hotel owned by Emma Green and her family and turned it into a hospital, and Emma worked as a nurse there.
At the beginning of the Civil War, thousands of women volunteered their services as nurses for the Union Army. They just showed up at military hospitals, or wherever their help was needed.
Civil War Nurse
Also known as Mary Phinney von Olnhausen, Mary Phinney was the widow of a Prussian nobleman when she served as a Civil War nurse at the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. Her journals, published as Adventures of an Army Nurse in Two Wars, give a glimpse into the life of a Union nurse.
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Civil War Nurse in St. Louis, Missouri
Adaline Weston Couzins was a Union nurse in Missouri. She was one of the Civil War Nurses on Hospital Ships that traveled up and down the Mississippi River, risking her life helping wounded soldiers. A Minie ball struck her in the knee in 1863, but she kept on nursing throughout the war and [Read More ...]
Field Hospitals at the Battle of Antietam
During the Battle of Antietam, farms owned by Joseph, Samuel, Alfred and John Poffenberger were used and abused by military personnel. The families passed down stories of hiding livestock and household valuables from the hordes of soldiers who were plundering farms and homes. A teenager at the time, Otho Poffenberger, son of John [Read More ...]
Civil War Nurse from Washington DC
Carte de Visite of Almira Fales
From the Civil War era
Almira Newcomb was born in Pittstown, New York, October 24, 1809. In 1829, she married merchant Alexander McNaughton. Together they had two children; Sarah (born 1830) and Alexander (born 1832). Not long after her son's birth, both her husband and young daughter [Read More ...]