The burden of nursing wounded and dying soldiers from both armies often fell to the women of whatever city was nearest to the battlefield. The War Between the States marked the first time that women ventured out of their homes in large numbers to take an active, public part in dealing with current social problems.

This poem is dedicated to the women of the South, whose caring and concern eased the last moments of many a dying soldier and whose tender ministrations made it possible for many to return to the field of battle and, ultimately, to the families who awaited them at home.

"Hospital Duties"

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