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Coddington to speak on “Faces of Civil War Nurses” to York CWRT

Press release:

In March, we also celebrate Women’s History Month.  To commemorate this, we will be looking at ways that women were involved in the war effort.  The meeting will be this Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm.  Once again, this will be accessible through Zoom and Facebook Live on the York County History Center’s page.  To register for the Zoom, go to the roundtable page on the History Center’s website through the following link:
This month’s speaker is Ronald S. Coddington.  He will be a presentation entitled:

“Faces of Civil War Nurses”

During the American Civil War, women radiated patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts. They contributed to the war effort in many ways: Forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandieres, or unofficial attachés to regiments.

Ronald S. Coddington talks about the experiences of women of all ages and walks of life who provided care during the war. Their personal narratives are as unique as fingerprints: Each provides a distinct entry point into a larger social history of the brutal and bloody conflict. Using original, identified, wartime photographs of women on both sides of the conflict, many of them never before published, Coddington uncovers the personal histories of each intrepid individual.

This is Coddington’s fifth and final book in a series of micro-histories of the Civil War generation: Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, African American participants, sailors, and women. All are published by The John Hopkins University Press. His writings have also appeared in the New York Times Disunion series, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is currently the Editor of Military Images, a quarterly magazine that showcases, interprets and preserves Civil War photography. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

We hope that you are able to join us this Wednesday as we examine the ways that women were involved in the war.

Scott E. Rosenau

Assistant Program Director

York Civil War Round Table