To Bind Up the Wounds
By: Sister Mary Denis Maher
Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War
To Bind Up the Wounds focuses on the nearly six hundred sisters from twelve different Catholic orders who nursed wounded and sick Union and Confederate soldiers between 1860 and 1865. Drawing on archival sources and personal papers, it gives a detailed account of their experiences, including how they were called into service, where they served, what duties they performed, how they looked on their mission, and how they were viewed by those who worked with them. While other women were prohibited by custom from nursing outside the home, Catholic sisters had established the practice of caring for the sick in the community and providing nursing care during epidemics and other public crises; their assistance was sought by Union and Confederate authorities. This book examines the impact of their work in both modifying negative pre-Civil War attitudes towards Catholics and sisters and in paving the way for the development of a nursing profession outside the Catholic orders.
Softcover, 200 pages