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To Bind Up the Wounds

Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War

200 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 6 halftones

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807124390 / November 1999

The contributions of more than six hundred Catholic nuns to the care of Confederate and Union sick and wounded made a critical impact upon nineteenth-century America. Not only did thousands of soldiers directly benefit from the religious sisters’ ministrations, but both professional nursing and Catholics’ acceptance within mainstream society advanced significantly as a result. In To Bind Up theWounds, Sister Mary Denis Maher writes this heretofore neglected Civil War chapter in rich detail, telling a riveting story shot with suspicion and prejudice, suffering and self-sacrifice, ingenuity, beneficence, and gratitude. 

Sister Mary Denis Maher is chair of the English department at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and also serves as archivist for the community.

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