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Honoring Civil War Nurses

Jennifer Fink | NursingLink

Honoring Civil War Nurses

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Located in Frederick, Maryland, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is described as “the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War medical innovation.” While it doesn’t specifically address the role of female nurses, it includes a variety of exhibits about camp life, evacuation of the wounded and field and pavilion hospitals. The associated Pry House Field Medical Museum is located on the site of the Battle of Antietam and includes a field hospital exhibit. The museum is also in negotiations to take over management of Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, located in Washington D.C. In 1997, U.S. General Services Administration personnel found artifacts believed to have belonged to Clara Barton in an attic of a building she’s believed to have used to house her Missing Soldiers Office.

The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The Pry House Field Medical Exhibit is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission is $6.50 for adults; children under 10 are free.


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