The Role Of Nursing During The Civil War

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Nursing was a popular occupation for many women during the Civil War. At least 3,000 women held apid nursing postions in the North and South, and thousands of others worked as volunteers. "The war is certainly ours as well as men's" said Kate Cummings, of Mobile, Alabama, who became the matron of a large Confederate hospital. Authorities were wary of putting young girls in intimate contact with bedridden soldiers. Dorothea Dix, when she became superintendent of Union nurses, set a minimum age of thirty for her volunteers and demanded that they be "plain looking women" As the war went on and theneed for medical assistance became more desperate, Dix ignored her own regulations. Clara Barton organised supplies to be sent to the men at the

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