Civil War Nurse Essay

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Civil War Nurse




Civil War Nursing
Over 5000 volunteer nurses’ north and south served in military hospitals during the Civil
War. Nurses were of all sorts and came from all over. Women wanted to be involved in this
national struggle in any way they could. They did not want to stay home and play their
traditional domestic roles that social convention and minimal career opportunities had
confined the majority of their sex to. Many women thought of nursing as an extension of
their home duties, almost like taking care of “their boys.” They recall the Civil War as a
time when their work as nurses made a difference. It gave them an opportunity to prove
they had the ability and courage to help.

The presence of women in military hospitals with male soldiers raised concerns at first
regarding motivation and proper etiquette. This was regulated when Dorthea Dix became the
general supervisor or superintendent over all women nurses. She set requirements for the
women who were to be recruited. They had to be over 30 and healthy, be of good moral
character, dress modestly, be unattractive, and able to cook.

The primary tasks of the Civil War nurses was not so much in medical procedures performed
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