Sister of General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

Laura Jackson Arnold and her famous older brother were very close until the Civil War intruded in their lives. Laura was a staunch and unapoligetic supporter of the Union, while her brother became one of the most beloved generals in the Confederate Army. Their relationship was destroyed by the war, and they never saw each other again. General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863.

Laura Ann Jackson …

Civil War Nurse in Mississippi

Of all the families in Raymond, Mississippi, during the Civil War, one of the most affected was that of Augustine and Elizabeth Dabney. Augustine was a probate judge and worked hard to support his family of ten children. His wife and daughters helped to nurse the wounded soldiers following the Battle of Raymond on May 12, 1863.

Image: Mary Dabney and Big Black River Station
Photo superimposed by James Drake
In August 1863, …

Civil War Vivandiere and Nurse

French Mary Tepe, a Civil War Vivandiere, was a French immigrant who married the Philadelphia tailor, Bernardo Tepe. Vivandieres were a combination nurse, cook, seamstress, and laundress who travelled with the Zouaves. They usually adopted the style of clothing of her regiment, but with men's pants under a knee-length skirt, and carried a cask that was generally filled with water, brandy, or wine. Mary Tepe was certainly the most famous of those ladies.

Image: French …

Civil War Nurse

This lady, better known as Nellie Mitchell, was at the opening of the war a resident of Montrose, Pennsylvania, where she was surrounded by friends, had a pleasant home, was amiable, highly educated and accomplished. Her family was one that was often named as "our first families."

Image: The Dying Soldier

Miss Mitchell left her home in Montrose early in May 1861, and went to New York City, where she took a course in surgical nursing at …Read More...

Founder of the First Mental Asylums in the U.S.

Dorothea Dix was one of the most influential women of the nineteenth century. A noted social reformer, she also became the Union's Superintendent of Nurses during the Civil War. The soft-spoken yet autocratic crusader spent more than 20 years working for improved treatment of mentally ill patients and for better prison conditions.

Early Years
Dorothea Lynde Dix, daughter of Mary and Joseph Dix, was born in the tiny village of …Read More...

Civil War Nurse from Maine

In the spring of 1861, when men were called to join the Union army and fight for their country, Isabella Fogg of Calais, Maine felt that she was called also. She felt compelled to leave the quiet and seclusion of her home, and do all that a woman could do to sustain the hands and the hearts of those who had the great battle of freedom to fight. About this time, changes occurred in Fogg's …Read More...