Author Archives: Virginia R. Bensen

Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 3: Civil War Nurses Series: Interesting Facts about Northern Nurses

One great misconception many people have regarding nurses in both the Union and Confederacy is that they assisted the surgeons in medical procedures. This was for the most part not the case, except in rare situations in the field. During … Continue reading

Posted in Medical | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Civil War Nurses Series: Interesting Facts about Northern Nurses

One great misconception many people have regarding nurses in both the Union and Confederacy is that they assisted the surgeons in medical procedures. This was for the most part not the case, except in rare situations in the field. During … Continue reading

Image | Posted on | 5 Comments

The Nurse: Women Nurses in the Civil War, part four

Part four in a series The definition of “nurse” in John Daly’s Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues and Challenges is “Nursing is a societally mandated, socially constructed practice profession existing to serve a public that has certain expectations of nurses and … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Emerging Civil War, Medical | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sophronia E. Bucklin, Sanitary Commission Nurse at Gettysburg

Because Emerging Civil War has been commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg, and I have been writing a series of articles about women Civil War nurses, I found a book by Sophronia E. Bucklin recollecting her experience as a Sanitary Commission … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Civilian, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Dealing with Death—Women Nurses in the Civil War, part three

part three in a series Handbook of Death and Dying, Volume 1 as well as in both of Drew Gilpin Faust’s works regarding death during the Civil War explains that antebellum American culture was preoccupied with death – both in … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Common Soldier, Medical, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Influence of Religion: Women Nurses in the Civil War—part two

Part two of a series In the book, Religion and the American Civil War, the authors discuss how religion became important in America during the early republic and into the early 1800s.  This became particularly true as the United States … Continue reading

Image | Posted on | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Expectations of a Lady: Women Nurses in the Civil War—part one

part one in a series Before we examine the role of women as nurses in the Civil War, a brief literature review can help us better understand the expectations of an Antebellum lady. In 1966 Barbara Welter, in her description of … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Civilian, Medical | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Women Nurses in the Civil War: Introduction

This is the first in a series of articles about women nurses in the Civil War. Numerous scholarly books and articles have been written about women’s participation as nurses in the American Civil War. These same articles use the term … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Common Soldier, Medical | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Grand Bahama Island and the Civil War

I recently visited Freeport, Bahamas. It was quaint and quiet and filled with tourist hotels, casinos, and, of course, beautiful beaches. When I returned home, I became curious what role if any Freeport, Bahamas played in the American Civil War. … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Word About Independence Day in The Civil War

As we all celebrate the the Fourth of July Independence Day, let us also remember that Independence Day was considered an important cleebration duirng the Civil War in both the north and the south. In the North, Indpendence Day was … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Holidays, Memory | Tagged , | 1 Comment