Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.
In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later? Read more