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Sisters of the Holy Cross,  Civil War Nurses,  1861-1865

Location: E. Madison Street & N. Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend. (St. Joseph County, Indiana)

Erected by the Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission 1963

ID# : 71.1965.1

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In response to Governor Morton's call of October 1861, eighty Sisters of the Holy Cross under the leadership of Mother Angela served as military nurses. The Sisters became the forerunners of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1862 when they boarded the Red Rover, the navy's first hospital ship.

Keywords

Women, Military, Religion