Letters of a Civil War Nurse: Cornelia Hancock, 1863-1865 by Cornelia HancockLetters of a Civil War Nurse: Cornelia Hancock, 1863-1865 by Cornelia Hancock

Letters of a Civil War Nurse: Cornelia Hancock, 1863-1865

byCornelia HancockEditorHenrietta Stratton JaquetteIntroduction byJean V. Berlin

Paperback | June 1, 1998

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She was called “The Florence Nightingale of America.” From the fighting at Gettysburg to the capture of Richmond, this young Quaker nurse worked tirelessly to relieve the suffering of soldiers. She was one of the great heroines of the Union.

Cornelia Hancock served in field and evacuating hospitals, in a contraband camp, and (defying authority) on the battlefield. Her letters to family members are witty, unsentimental, and full of indignation about the neglect of wounded soldiers and black refugees. Hancock was fiercely devoted to the welfare of the privates who had “nothing before them but hard marching, poor fare, and terrible fighting.”

Originally published in 1937 as South after Gettysburg, Hancock’s letters were edited by Henrietta Stratton Jaquette, the granddaughter of a cousin. This Bison Books edition is introduced by Jean V. Berlin, the editor of A Confederate Nurse: The Diary of Ada W. Bacot, 1860–1863.
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Title:Letters of a Civil War Nurse: Cornelia Hancock, 1863-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:179 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Bison Books

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ISBN - 10:0803273126

ISBN - 13:9780803273122

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She was called "The Florence Nightingale of America". From the fighting at Gettysburg to the capture of Richmond, this young Quaker nurse worked tirelessly to relieve the suffering of soldiers. She was one of the great heroines of the Union. Cornelia Hancock served in field and evacuating hospitals, in a contraband camp, and (defying authority) on the battlefield. Her letters to family members are witty, unsentimental, and full of indignation about the neglect of wounded soldiers and black refugees.

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"A realistic account of the war at its peak of brutality."—Journal of Southern History
- Journal of Southern History