Gettysburg Nurses


Gettysburg's Own Angels of the Battlefield

The importance of the humanitarian effort voluntarily undertaken by the women of Gettysburg to the thousands of men who lay searing in the July sun cannot be overstated. They dedicated themselves to the care of the wounded from both armies beginning in the mid morning hours of July 1, 1863, long before military medical [Read More ...]

Clara Barton in the Civil War


Civil War Nurse and Humanitarian

Most people remember Clara Barton as the founder of the American Red Cross and an independent Civil War nurse. During the war she maintained a home in Washington, DC, but traveled with the Union Army, providing care and relief services to the wounded on many battlefields. The significance of the work she performed during and [Read More ...]

Carrie McGavock


Civil War Nurse at the Battle of Franklin

Carrie McGavock's plantation home, Carnton, on the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee, was used as a hospital after the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. She not only oversaw the care of the wounded in and around her house, she was responsible for making sure that nearly 1500 Confederates were reinterred in [Read More ...]

Mehitable Ellis Woods


Union Civil War Nurse from Iowa

During the Civil War, Mehitable Ellis Woods worked for the Ladies' Aid Society of Fairfield, Iowa, delivering supplies to hospitals and the front lines, and nursing the sick and wounded wherever she was needed. In 1863 this brave lady made her first trip down the Mississippi into the heart of the Confederacy and returned [Read More ...]

Susan Landon Vaughan


Founder of Decoration Day

Image: Confederate Monument
This monument on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi sits about 60 feet high with a life-sized statue of a Confederate soldier on top of it.

Inside the monument is a plaque that reads:
It reeks not where their bodies lie
By bloody hillside, plains or [Read More ...]

Hannah Ropes


Head Matron at Union Hotel Hospital

When her husband abandoned her, Hannah Ropes did not despair. She raised her two children, became an abolitionist and activist for social reform. She volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War and used her prominent social position to obtain enormous amounts of supplies for ill and wounded soldiers.

Early Years
Hannah Anderson [Read More ...]