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Photograph of Mary Ann 'Mother' Bickerdyke
Photograph of Mary Ann 'Mother' Bickerdyke
Resource Typeimage
TitlePhotograph of Mary Ann 'Mother' Bickerdyke
Coverage / Year1865 to 1866
DescriptionA black and white photograph of Mary Ann Bickerdyke wearing a dark blouse with a shawl. On her blouse she is wearing two medals. Dimensions: 4.25"x6.5".
InterpretationMary Ann Bickerdyke (1817-1901) of Illinois served as a Union nurse. She was a forty-four-year-old widow with three children when the Civil War began. She served as a nurse in hospitals in Cairo, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee. The soldiers called her Mother "Bickerdyke." She fought with doctors for sanitary conditions, proper diets and medication, and traveled to major cities to raise funds for the sick and wounded. "Mother" Bickerdyke was beloved by the enlisted men, whose rights she championed, and was a favorite with Generals Grant and Sherman. After the war, she lobbied in Washington to secure pensions for Civil War nurses and veterans. Source: Chicago Public Library. "From Fireside to Field: Women and the Civil War" [exhibit]. July 19, 1997-March 14, 1998.
Lesson Plans / ThemesWomen at Wartime; Antebellum Society and the Civil War;
Learning Standards16 History;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsUnited States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bickerdyke, Mary Ann, 1817-1901
Collection PublisherChicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division;
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Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifier72.431
CONTENTdm file name73442211112002_72.431_mary_ann_ball.jpg
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