In Episode 4, we continue to talk about medical treatment during the Civil War – particularly the role that women in religious organizations played. The Sisters of Charity, Daughters of Charity, Sisters of the Holy Cross, and Sisters of St. Joseph all provided volunteer nurses.
To the Letter is a podcast brought to you in collaboration with University Libraries and the eLearning and Emerging Technologies Department’s Digital Studio at GVSU. On this podcast, we bring correspondence from GVSU’s Special Collections alive. In each episode you will hear (in their own words!) letters written by the people who lived through history and the stories behind them.
The letter featured in Episode 4 is available below:
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, January 17, 1863
Additional research for this episode came from:
- Women in the Civil War
- The Sisters of Charity: The ‘Battlefield Angels’ of the Civil War
- Sisters of Charity: Nuns, Medicine, and the Civil War
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