During the Civil War, more than five thousand women served as nurses. Their service saved lives and carved out a place for women in post-war professional medicine.

What Nurses Wore: A Pictorial Essay
Was there a nurses' uniform? Track the tentative steps that women took to professionalize their nursing experience during the war years.

Stories from Our Army Nurses
Civil War nurses were prolific writers, telling stories of courage and service. Read a few examples, including Clara Barton's poem, The Women Who Went to the Field.

The Woolseys' War
One family's experience of the Civil War.

The Sanitary Commission
Information about the leading relief organization during the Civil War.