Northern and Southern records indicate several hundred women served in the ranks, but they were far outnumbered by the thousands of women who served as domestic laborers providing hospital relief services in urban centers, military camps, and the field. Far more women served directly in nursing or matron roles during the war than as soldiers. Add to that number the tens of thousands of women who kept their homes, farms and businesses running while the men were off to war. Women contributed mightily to the northern and southern war efforts without bearing arms directly.
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2:30 pm Civil War Talk-A Woman’s Touch: ... @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Civil War Talk-A Woman’s Touch: ... @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jan 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jennifer Moore will present on the subject of her undergraduate thesis, “A Woman’s Touch: Female Nursing in the American Civil War”. Ms. Moore will discuss the creation of formal nursing roles for women in Union and Confederate militaries. She will relay the many obstacles which they encountered, such as the pressure of societal norms and the sexism of male colleagues, as well as their successes on carving out a meaningful role for women in Civil War medicine. The talk will look at specific nurses with a strong impact, including Louisa May Alcott and Hannah Ropes. It will also touch on...
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2:30 pm Black History Month Talks – Afri... @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Black History Month Talks – Afri... @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Robert Slawson, MD, FACR, and author of Prologue to Change: African Americans in Medicine in the Civil War Era, will tell the unlikely story of a handful of African-American physicians who rose against discrimination to serve as surgeons for the Union Army during the Civil War. While their numbers were few, the case of these intrepid men is remarkable and helped pave the way for future African-Americans in medicine and military service. Dr. Slawson will relate how their largely unknown stories came to light and his research into their experiences.
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