|4th U.S. Medical Unit Nurses|
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|This site is dedicated to the historic contribution women made
during the American Civil War, 1861-1865.
|"I worked in the field hospitals at Harpers Ferry, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Gettysburg. I accompanied recovery parties into raging battles, caring for the wounded until they could be removed from the field."
|After the Battle of Shiloh; “The foul air from this mass of human beings at the first made me giddy and sick, but I soon got over it. We have to walk in blood and water, but we think nothing of it.”
Kate kept a diary of her nursing experiences and published them in 1866,
in "A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee."
|Emma S. Edmonds, nurse and spy|
|Emma served as a nurse in hospitals and camps and on the battlefields while spying for the secret service, which was called the "Army of the Potomac's Bureau of Military Information."|
|In fact Emma had concealed her identity and served in the Union Army,
as a male nurse, going by the name of
|This "Help Wanted" add appeared in the Richmond Dispatch, November 15, 1861, on page 2 in column 6p.|
WANTED IMMEDIATELY –
A FEMALE NURSE, at the 2d Alabama Hospital. None but colored need apply. Apply at the Tobacco Factory, corner of Franklin and 21st streets.
|This request specifies "A FEMALE NURSE". Hospital nursing was a male role until the Civil War
created a shortage of nurses, as most of the male nurses volunteered to be soldiers.
Poet, Walt Whitman was the most well know male nurse of the Civil War.
June 10th, 1864, at White House Landing, Virginia.
"In the Depot Hospital we had an opportunityof witnessing the heroic and
charitable part the women of America were taking part in the war. No Matter
how ragged or dirty the sufferer, how hideous or revolting the wound, alive
in many instances with maggots, and in every form of putrification and
mortification; no matter what nation or country the patient belonged to;
woman's kind, ministering hand was there, to wash the festering wound,
to bathe the toil-warn feet, to comb the matted locks, to hold the cooling
draught to the parched lips, or to receive the last words that fell from them
e'er they were closed forever. And this without reward or hire, or expectation
of it, their only recompense the consiousness of obeying the mandate that
makes charity our duty, their only reward the knowledge that they are aiding to
maintain the government and preserve the integrity of the stars and stripes."
| Maj. R.C. Eden
37th Wis. Volunteer Infantry
|You have been listening to "When the Angel Comes"|
|The 4th U.S. Medical Nurses|
|11:30 PM inside the Stevens House kitchen following a "real time"surgical reenactment.|
following a marathon of
real time surgeries
performed in the
Steven's House kitchen
under pure candlelight
valuable for us."
|last update Jan.12, 2005|