Faces of Civil War Nurses
Military Images and the Victorian Society of New York
During the American Civil War, women on both sides of the conflict, radiating patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts, contributed to the war effort in countless ways: forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandières, unofficial attachés to the regiments.
In Faces of Civil War Nurses, Ronald S. Coddington explores the lives of 77 women of all ages and backgrounds who provided care during the war as nurses, aid workers, and vivandières. Their personal narratives are as unique as fingerprints: each provides a distinct entry point into the larger social history of the brutal and bloody conflict. Coddington tells these dauntless women's stories through letters, diaries, pension files, and newspaper and government reports. Using identified cartes de visite and tintypes of women on both sides of the war, many of them never before published, Coddington uncovers the personal histories of each intrepid individual. Following their postwar stories, he also explains how the bonds they formed continued long after the cessation of hostilities.
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