The role nurses played during the Civil War was truly an extensive one, as the war carried the most casualties in American history and so many more injuries. Despite their invaluable work, though, their experiences have not been related in depth. Civil War Nurse: The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes by Joseph Brumgardt is a much-desired addition to the primary collection depicting the story of the United States medical corps during the Civil War. The book’s thesis claims that these men and women who served in the medical end of the conflict deserve attention as full participants in the war rather than as mere helpers of the main actors, more interesting than substantial. As evidence of this, the book focuses on the story of Hannah Ropes, who …show more content…
Not only do her diary and correspondence (which is mainly with her daughter Alice) provide details of the daily work, but they also give insight on other matters as well, such as the variety of wounds soldiers faced during the war and hospital policies which ran them. The story runs chronologically and gradually gives us a picture of the environment she deals with and what she works with on a daily basis, while providing the unusual details of what goes into the seemingly mundane hospital paperwork. Ropes described her ongoing battles with the chief surgeon and the surgeon general in improving hospital conditions for "her boys." She was greatly concerned about the patients' welfare and did everything in her power to see that they were well-fed and cared for and protected from the thievery and starvation that was rampant among the hospital staff. Ropes had some political influence, which aided her in fighting government bureaucracy and political snafus in her line of work at the hospitals. She was well acquainted with Senator Charles Sumner and Edwin M. Stanton, who she admired and believed to be decent people who cared about the soldiers' …show more content…
He also includes commentary throughout the text itself, where he discusses the progress of the war, personalities involved in the conflict, and events in Ropes's life not recounted in her writings. There is also a rather handy glossary of names referred to throughout the work. In giving insight to both Ropes's life and her times, Brumgardt has consulted other sources, including her two published works, Union Military Service Records, Muster Rolls, as well as Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches (Alcott actually served under Ropes for a short time at a Union hospital and was mentored by her). Though this book was published first in 1980 just 20 years before the turn of the century, it seems ahead of its time by its shift in focus, as the 2000’s focused less on the military aspect of the war and more on the “everyday American” aspect, centering on the behind-the-scenes lifestyle of those involved directly and indirectly. It also carries a bit of the 1960’s historiographical style, too, in that it still presents a focus on the politics of the war and the life at
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Olivia Moyer VA & US History Warren November 1 2017 Trained From the Start A Confederate Nurse, The Diary of Ada W. Bacot records almost all of her life from 1860-1873. During this period of her life, she drastically jumped from living the simple life as the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner to serving as a nurse for the Confederate States of America. Ada Bacot's diary entries give readers today an idea of what the ideal woman was expected to act like during the time of the American Civil War.
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy is a riveting historical account of a Richmond-born aristocratic matriarch, Elizabeth Van Lew, who risked it all for her beloved country. Elizabeth R. Veron writes with the confidence of a true maestro, the fruits of a labor which undoubtedly included countless hours devoted to compiling the treasure trove of historical accuracy this novel rightfully boasts. Veron accounts with painstaking detail how Van Lew transformed then contemporary stereotypes of women into an Achilles Heel for the Confederacy through her crucial contributions as a Union spy. Southern Lady, Yankee Spy has a title which thoroughly resonates throughout the book, aptly surmising how Van Lew led a double life throughout the course of the war.
Barton is said to have prayed for strength to meet the “terrible duties” ahead. During this battle, Clara Barton worked very close to the battlefield. While treated a soldier, a bullet once tore through her sleeve and killed the soldier she was aiding.2 She rarely left the hospital tents, to which, day and night, came a
Blood everywhere. Body after body coming inside. The stench of the outside world and sweat fill the noses of the owners. The house soon filled with red and blue Britain uniforms who implemented the Quartering Act upon the properties on American soil, requesting accommodations. During the American Revolution, America’s citizens were compelled to house soldiers who asked for shelter, many of whom reluctantly “welcomed” the British in their homes.
She was soon appointed to organize and outfit the Union Army hospitals and to also oversee the experienced nursing staff that was required. She was the first women to serve at such a high capacity in the federally appointed role. She was very disliked and feared
The United States Civil War is possible one of the most meaningful, bloodstained and controversial war fought in American history. Northern Americans against Southern Americans fought against one another for a variety of motives. These motives aroused from a wide range of ideologies that stirred around the states. In James M. McPherson’s What they fought for: 1861-1865, he analyzes the Union and Confederate soldier’s morale and ideological components through the letters they wrote to love ones while at war. While, John WhiteClay Chambers and G. Kurt Piehler depict Civil War soldiers through their letters detailing the agonizing battles of war in Major Problems in American Military History.
“I don't think she cares. She doesn't like to hear about the war, so she gives me all the letters to keep after I read them to her” (Carr 88). Pat Carrs piece, “Death of a Confederate Colonel” demonstrates a mother, Geneva, treating her daughter, Saranell, very poorly. While Saranell faces many obstacles and hard decisions when it it comes to her mother involving money, parties and going on dates with other men when she has a husband, she tries to get passed all that even when her mother gives her no reason to. Saranel is in desperate need of a mother who loves her unconditionally and shows her on a daily basis, but Geneva doesn't seem to be phased by it and never thinks twice before she put things above her daughter that aren't as important.
Which meant she had a countless number of huge responsibilities. Many people found her, uptight, that she didn 't have the social skills to direct the military 's bureaucracy. After the war, she continued her work with the mentally ill. In 1870, she got
In conclusion, the author, Kathleen Ernst, talks about how women’s lives changed from before the civil war, and after the civil war. In the beginning of the passage, before the civil war, the author states that women were only good for tending the wounded and taking care of the babies and children. However towards the end of the passage, after the civil war, she tells that women were given new opportunities because of the independence that the war
I first met her at the battle of Cedar Mountain, where she appeared in front of the hospital at 12 o’clock at night, with a four-mule team loaded with everything needed, and at a time when we were entirely out of dressings of every kind, she supplied us with everything; and while the shells were bursting in every direction, took her course to the hospital on pour right, where she found everything wanted again. After doing everything she could on the field, she returned to Culpepper, where she stayed dealing out shirts to the naked wounded, and preparing soup, and seeing it prepared in all the hospitals.” “We had expended every bandage, torn up every sheet in the house, and everything we could find, when who should drive up but our old friend Miss Barton, with a team loaded down with dressings of every kind, and everything we could ask for.” “In my feeble estimation, Gen. McClellan, with all his laurels, sinks into insignificance beside the true heroine of the age, the angel of the battlefield. ”(Dunn
Due to the heroic inspiration from Florence Nightingale after the Crimean War, military nurses become a crucial part for the nation as she was a positive influence towards other women. Nurses started to become a popular profession for young individuals as well as middle and upper-class citizens. This duty requires bloodshed, labor, as well as emotional strength. She describes the gruesome injuries as “intertwined, so you could not tell whose arms and legs were whose” (79). Zakharova also mentions that this was very disturbing because the men were sitting in positions that made them look lively.
Thousands of women made careers out of being a nurse due to the Civil War and many volunteered their time to aid the wounded soldiers. Women also contributed their home skills by sewing and knitting items for both armies that were necessities. Also, the women who decided to stay behind with their families, unlike in the Revolutionary War were able to be the sole provider for their
Clara Barton also wrote many poems in her time. Clara Barton cared for her brother for a while, to be exact it was two years that she cared for him. Clara Barton loved her family so much that she wanted to take care of each one of them. Clara Barton was a great caregiver during the war when she was alive. The best part about Clara Barton was that she was humble about caring for others.
In the mid-1800s, as America was growing, socially, and economically, there was a higher demand for nurses due to people getting hurt more often. During the Civil War of 1861 many soldiers, from both the Union and the south, were traumatically injured. An Abundance of nurses were needed to compensate the massive number of patients. One African American woman had a passion for people and the drive to make a difference. Mary Eliza Mahoney was born May 7, 1845.