'Captain Sally'

Sally Tompkins was called the ‘Florence Nightingale of the South,’ and was the only woman commissioned an officer in Confederate service during the Civil War.


Sally Louise Tompkins has been called “the Florence Nightingale of the South,” and for good reason.

Born into the Virginia Tidewater aristocracy, she was 5 when her father died and the family moved to Richmond, where she received a solid education grounded in the Episcopal faith. Her charitable efforts in her parish included nursing slaves and others who fell ill. She was 27, and unmarried when the war began.

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