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The Diary of a Civil War Nurse

In April 1863, two years after the outbreak of the Civil War, Amanda Akin (1827– 1911) journeyed from her home in Quaker Hill, New York, to serve as a nurse at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was one of several million men and women who left their families and communities behind to contribute to the war effort. Many departed to fight, while others took on civilian assignments to support the military campaigns. During her fifteen months at the hospital, Akin wrote long letters to her sisters and recorded her daily experience in diaries. Years later, she drew on this correspondence and her journals to publish an account of her wartime role.

This link is from the site The History of Wartime Nurses recommended by Max, a 12 years old self-proclaimed history buff.

Nursing and Medicine in the Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, there were no organizations of trained nurses in the United States. It took the devastation of the Crimean War (1854), seven years prior, and the appointment of England’s Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) in an official capacity to lay the foundation for modern nursing concepts and trained nursing care. Thousands of women served as volunteer nurses during the Civil War. There is very little written record of their service though a few of the more famous names left accounts, including Louisa May Alcott, Jane Stuart Woolsey, Susie King Taylor and Katherine Prescott Wormeley. At the beginning of the war, nurses were merely volunteers who showed up at military hospitals. But after Battle Of Bull Run, Clara Barton and Dorethea Dix organized a nursing corps to help care for the wounded soldiers.  Scroll to bottom of the link for many more resources addressing this fascinating subject.

Special thanks to Adam and the Sutter Kids Civil War History club for bringing this important link to our attention.

A History of Illinois in the Civil War

Illinois may not be able to claim fame as the location of famous Civil War battles, but this state was active in its contributions to the Civil War efforts. Illinois was responsible for providing more troops to the Union army than any other state. The city of Cairo, Illinois, is the city that occupies the southernmost location in the state, and this made the city of Cairo important as a staging area for organizing troops and materials that moved via nearby waterways.

Special thanks to Alex, a young student of history, for his hard work and interest in the preservation of his state's history.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

We are the daughters - direct line descendants - from Veterans of the Union Army and Navy who fought in the defense and for the preservation of our Nation during the American Civil War.

Broadneck African American Heritage Project Incorporated

Our vision is to preserve, protect, archive, exhibit, interpret, and share the rich history and experiences of the African-American churches and communities through educational and collaborative recreational experiences for people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds, and to promote the rich history, heritage and the legacy of the black experience through education.

The Reginald Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture shares courageous journeys toward freedom and self-determination by African American Marylanders. Museum leaders develop exhibitions and educational programs that paint pictures of African American struggles and accomplishments. The stories contained in this magnificent structure serve as beacons of pride, hope and inspiration to all people. The Museum Student Scholars Program exposes graduate and undergraduate students to professional programs, exhibitions and services. The museum also offers inter ships throughout the academic year.

Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table promotes and stimulates an interest in the Civil War.  This is achieved via monthly meetings that feature speakers and discussions on this seminal period of American history.  Activities may also include field trips, preservation efforts and other related directions.  Membership is open to all who have an interest in the American Civil War.


The Linwood Jackson Radio Hour

 C. Linwood Jackson, host of The Linwood Jackson Radio Show, is committed to giving good information and content.

A former US Army veteran and United Auto Worker, he is passionate about civil rights and community service.Linwood’s focus has been to effectively utilize his voice for the people to better serve the community at large. Over the years he’s had the opportunity to meet and interview many Sports, Civil rights, Political and Religious leaders. Linwood is passionate about community service and has worked with many civic groups and non-profits