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Julia Wheelock was born in Avon, Ohio, and lived in Michigan at the start of the Civil War. Her brother joined the Eighth Michigan Infantry, and when he was wounded in the fall of 1862, she traveled to Washington to find him. Though she found him to…

Amanda Colburn Farnham was born in West Glover, Vermont. When her brother joined the Third Vermont Regiment, she followed him into the army. She enlisted in July 1861 and was appointed hospital matron, though only a few months later she was dropped…

Perhaps the most famous nurse of the Civil War, Clara Harlowe Barton was present on many battlefields. Born in North Oxford, Massachusetts, when the war broke out she turned her attention to the sick and wounded men of the Union. Though she worked…

Mary Morris Husband, a Philadelphia resident, was married with children at the start of the war. She began her work in Philadelphia hospitals. Later, the Sanitary Commission appointed her the superintendent of the transports that were taking sick and…

Sarah “Aunt Becky” Palmer was a young widowed woman with two children at the start of the war. She left her hometown of Ithaca, New York in the spring of 1862 to follow two of her brothers, who had joined the 109th New York Volunteers.…

The U.S. Army established a dock at Belle Plain as a safe spot to transport goods and supplies and men to and from Fredericksburg. Many bands of Confederates roamed around the 12 mile area between Belle Plain on the Rappahannock river and…

Emelina Pheiades Keeler Spencer, a resident of Oswego, New York, began relief work when her husband R. H. Spencer enlisted in the army following Antietam. As a result, she became a state relief agent for New York, associated with her husband’s…