Kate Cumming

Kate Cumming of Alabama wrote of the horrors she experienced while volunteering as a nurse during the Civil War.


The long, slow journey of American women toward equal rights got an unprecedented boost during the Civil War. Women in that era were supposed to concern themselves with housekeeping and child rearing. Any woman who did more – especially in public – was viewed with distrust, if not, disgust. That changed in 1861, especially for Southern women.

Wartime demands and manpower shortages on the home front opened doors, allowing them to enter what had been three exclusively male domains in the South.

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