I just finished reading My Name is Mary Sutter about a Civil War nurse turned doctor.
Shown below is a contemporary photograph from the period shows nurse Anne Bell tending wounded soldiers at a Union hospital, ca. 1863 Photo Credit: U.S.. Army Center of Military History
Looking for an illustration from the time period I also found this January 1861 cover for Godey’s Lady’s Book which is dedicated to Dorothea Dix (top left) and Florence Nightingale (bottom right).
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African American women worked as cooks, laundresses, matrons, waitresses, seamstresses, chambermaids, relief workers and the occasional nurse. Susie King Taylor, author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers, was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences.
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