The Women of City Point, Virginia, 1864-1865: Stories of Life and Work in the Union Occupation Headquarters
by Jeanne M. Christie
SOPO’s Take: Dr. Jeanne M. Christie, a Professor at Western Connecticut State University, has spent plenty of time at City Point, Virginia, first as a tourist, and later as a dedicated researcher. Grant’s headquarters and supply depot became a bustling city almost overnight, and there was plenty of work to be done, with many roles going to women. Her research focused on these women thrust into important wartime roles, including Government and Independent nurses, members of the United States Sanitary Commission, and the United States Christian Commission, and newly freed slaves. The result is an interesting book on an overlooked topic, one that fills an important gap in the historiography of the Siege of Petersburg. Look for an author interview with Dr. Christie, as well as a more in depth review in the near future.
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About the Book
After more than three years of grim fighting, General Ulysses Grant had a plan to end the Civil War—laying siege to Petersburg, Virginia, thus cutting off supplies to the Confederate capital at Richmond. He established his headquarters at City Point on the James River, requiring thousands of troops, tons of supplies, as well as extensive medical facilities and staff.
Nurses flooded the area, yet many did not work in medical capacities—they served as organizers, advocates and intelligence gatherers. Nursing emerged as a noble profession with multiple specialties. Drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources, this history covers the resilient women who opened the way for others into postwar medical, professional and political arenas.
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Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Release Date: January 2020
Pages: 281 pages
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