Dr. Barbara Miville Presents "Nursing in the Civil War"Swedenborg Memorial Library 03/04/2014 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Prior to the Civil War, nurses were generally men as women were not permitted to work outside of the home. As the Union War effort grew, leaders realized that they needed additional medical personnel and the decision was made to allow women to serve as nurses. Dorothea Dix was appointed the first superintendent of nurses in the U.S. Army in 1861. Dr. Miville presents history interspersed with pictures, letters, and diaries written by Civil War nurses to describe the experiences of nurses during the Civil War.