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Faces of Civil War Nurses – With Ronald S. Coddington

November 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Women’s stories of the Civil War told through letters, diaries, pension files, and newspaper and government reports.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom

Post-Event Update: A video recording of this lecture can be found here.


During the American Civil War, women on both sides of the conflict, radiating patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts, contributed to the war effort in countless ways: forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandières, unofficial attachés to the regiments.

In Faces of Civil War Nurses, Ronald S. Coddington turns his attention to the experiences of 77 women of all ages and walks of life who provided care during the war as nurses, aid workers, and vivandières. Their personal narratives are as unique as fingerprints: each provides a distinct entry point into the larger social history of the brutal and bloody conflict. Coddington tells these determined women’s stories through letters, diaries, pension files, and newspaper and government reports. Using identified tintypes and cartes de visite of women on both sides of the war, many of them never before published, Coddington uncovers the personal histories of each intrepid individual. Following their postwar stories, he also explains how the bonds they formed continued long after the cessation of hostilities.


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November 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm