Famous Nurses in the Civil War

posted Mar 23, 2014, 6:33 PM by CubScout LacViet

Civil war has seen many heroes emerge from different walks of life, and women were not left far behind with their acts of courage. Many women dedicated their life to help the sick and injured men from war and get them back to their feet

Dorothea Dix
She was a US nursing pioneer who was a strong advocate for the mentally ill patients and even prisoners. She was the driving
force behind the first mental asylums to be started in the United States. She was not only an outspoken social activists, but also was the Civil War Superintendent of Union Army of Nurses. Dorothea Dix asked the MA legislature for reforms in 1843 to
end the inhumane conditions the mentally ill were kept in.

Mary Ann Bickerdyke
She was known as 'Mother Bicjerdyke' who cared for thousands of Union soldiers in 1861. She is known to run army field hospitals all by herself. Mary Ann Bickerdyke was the only woman who could enter Sherman's camps.

Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln was not only the first lady of America, but a tireless nurse. She was well-educated woman from Lexington, Kentucky who married Abraham Lincoln. She is remembered for her dedication in tending wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

Clara Barton
One of the most famous women in American history Clarissa Harlowe Barton is known as the 'angel of the battlefield'. During the Civil War, she carried supplies to the battlefield and is known as the founder of Red Cross.

Alexander Graham Bell

posted Feb 19, 2014, 8:24 PM by CubScout LacViet   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 7:40 AM ]

Many young people don’t know that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Bell invented the telephone when he was only 29 years old. A year later he founded the Bell Telephone company. He might well have been content with that success and lived life in style and leisure, but that was not his nature. The land line is slowly becoming a tool of the past. Another of Bell’s inventions that has been refined was the “photophone.” The photophone was a device that was ability to transmit messages wirelessly using light. 
Though the photophone never became a commercial success, it pioneered the technology that was that would lead to lasers and fiber optic communications. Though it would take several more generations for anything to come of it, Alexander Graham Bell was thinking into the future. Bell invented a metal detector after President James Garfield had been shot in an effort to help doctors find the bullet. The detector worked, but due to the Metal Bed Frame, he was not able to find the bullet. When his infant son died from respiratory problems, Bell designed a metal vacuum jacket that help breathing. This was the forerunner of the iron lung, used in the 1950s to aid polio patients. There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.
"A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself."
Alexander Graham Bell    

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