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Honoring Civil War Nurses

Jennifer Fink | NursingLink

Honoring Civil War Nurses

Diary of a Civil War Nurse

This site, part of the Smithsonian’s Albert H. Small Document’s Gallery, is an interactive treasure. You’ll learn about the Civil War through the eyes of Amanda Akin, who traveled from New York to serve at the Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1863. Have fun with this one! You’ll see black-and-white photos of Civil War sites, learn about hospital routine and turmoil and see a copy of actual 1864 orders for nurses.

(“The Lady Nurses on duty in this hospital will be required to take charge of, and administer all Medicine and Stimulents during the day, consolidate the Requisitions for Diet, and all Orders and Requests borne upon the Diet and Prescription cards daily….”)


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