I am here again to write to you all about my meeting with Dorothea Dix. She examined my physical appearance, my dress, my features, all to ensure I was within her standards. It went pretty well, for I was selected to move on to the Examining Board! I was asked about my family history and about whether I had previously been exposed to many diseases, such as measles. Following this examination, I was given the okay to become a nurse!
A group of us were taken into a hospital to being our training, where we shadowed the nurses who were already working. Watching the sick and wounded soldiers writhe in pain was extremely hard, but we must go on. I was shocked so much so that I asked a nurse to remain by her side as we went through the hospital and received our commands. We were to carry around notebooks and record the procedures of how to dress wounds and tend to the wounded. They told us that we had a month to learn the information necessary before we were expected to know how to assist properly. I plan on carrying this book around and draw all of my diagrams in it to solidify the steps in my head!
A new group of wounded soldiers just came in, so I am going to go now!
Will write again soon!
(Bacon, G., Woosley, E., 1899)
I am a woman from New York and was chosen to become a Nurse in the Civil War. I was trained in New York and assisted in hospitals before being station more south in Pennsylvania. I assisted on the field in the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Chancelorsville.