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Rare Historical Photos of Nurses During the American Civil War, 1860s

The American Civil War was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the Union in 1860 and 1861. A long-standing disagreement over slavery sparked the conflict. After four bloody years of conflict, the United States defeated the Confederate States. In total, more than 2.4 million military members were killed. Millions more were injured, and the South was virtually destroyed.

The images from The Library of Congress give us a glimpse of the brave women of the nineteenth century who offered their medical skills and resources to help during wartime. As the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale is credited with caring for wounded and dying soldiers in the Crimean War, providing a model for the many women who served during the American Civil War.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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