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        Civil War Nursing

        Women played a significant role in the Civil War. They served in a variety of capacities, as trained professional nurses giving direct medical care, as hospital administrators or as attendants offering comfort. Although the exact number is not known, between 5,000 and 10,000 women offered their services. For more resources from Mercy Street, check out the collection page.

        Civil War volunteer nurses

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        Sanitary Commission nurse and her patients at Fredericksburg, Va. (May 1864)

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        Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) established trained nursing as a profession during the Crimean War (1853-1856).

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        A Crimean War nurse walking a blinded patient

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        Nurses at a general hospital

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        Officers and nurses at a Georgetown, Washington, DC Seminary Hospital (the birdcage at the door was probably placed there by the nurses).

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