Dear Ms. Ciampi,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 40 records series related to nurses in the 1860s, the majority of which relate directly to the Civil War. We also searched for “Clara Barton” and “Dorthea Dix” who were notable names in Civil War nursing and located a number of results. For more information about these records please email the reference units listed as the contact in the Catalog descriptions.
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We also searched the Library of Congress Catalog for “Civil War” nurse and located 65,485 results. You may be interested in the Smithsonian exhibit The Diary of a Civil War Nurse, as well as A Civil War Nurse’s Memoir: Discerning Women’s Experiences from the Library of Congress.
In addition, you may wish to contact the US Army Medical Department Office of Medical History that maintains histories and collections relating to military nursing, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and the National Library of Medicine.
Even more broadly, innumerable state archives, museums, libraries, and historical societies have collected personal papers, diaries, and other materials related to the American Civil War. See U.S. Civil War Research: Use this guide to find primary and secondary sources for the study of the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865 for a small sample. WorldCat lists thousands of books and other materials on the topic of Civil War nurses.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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There us a great deal of information about Civil War Nurses on the internet, I have found a few links for you to click on below.