The best books on women nurses during the Civil War

The Books I Picked & Why

Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America

By Jane E. Schultz

Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America

Why this book?

This volume offers a survey of Civil War nurses in both the North and the South. Not only do readers meet individuals like Clara Barton, but readers get an overview of pioneering women in this field, with detailed statistics not found in memoirs.


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Hospital Sketches

By Louisa May Alcott

Hospital Sketches

Why this book?

Before she wrote novels, Louisa May Alcott served as a nurse for the Union. Though her time was cut short by typhoid fever, her vivid memories of those days offer a colorful glimpse into her personal experiences with wounded and sick soldiers.


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With Courage and Delicacy: Civil War on the Peninsula: Women and the U.S. Sanitary Commission

By Nancy Scripture Garrison

With Courage and Delicacy: Civil War on the Peninsula: Women and the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Why this book?

This book captures the work of the little-known U.S. Sanitary Commission, the pre-cursor to the Red Cross, and its influence during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. Women nurses were the lifeblood of the hospital transports that saved hundreds of lives.


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Kate Cumming's Civil War Journal

By Kate Cumming

Kate Cumming's Civil War Journal

Why this book?

This journal gives us a look into the experiences of Confederate nurse, Kate Cumming. She was educated and intelligent, but blind to the wrongs of slavery in her passion for the Southern cause. Her experience as a Civil War nurse offers a contrast to those of Union nurses.


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Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir

By Susie King Taylor

Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir

Why this book?

Many African American women served as nurses, especially in the South, as Susie King Taylor did. But their stories have largely gone unrecorded. This memoir adds an important perspective to any consideration of Civil War nurses.


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