Charlottesville Nurses During the Civil War

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During the Civil War, local women provided nursing care to the over 20,000 wounded Union and Confederate troops who were hospitalized in Charlottesville. Many were well-educated, middle-to-upper class white women with no nursing experience. Others were non-white residents of Charlottesville impressed into hospital service by the Confederacy. Some of those nurses were:

Charlottesville became a nursing center to wounded troops because Richmond was overwhelmed and Charlottesville was easily accessible by train from the then-capitol of the Confederate States of America. Several makeshift hospitals were created around town:


  1. Maling, Barbara. "Charlottesville's Nightingales" np. City Hall, City Council Chambers, Charlottesville, VA. 31 May 2012. Lecture.

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