- Series: A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813934427
- ISBN-13: 978-0813934426
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,700,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era)
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Worth a Dozen Men is prodigiously researched, fills a gap in the historiography, and makes numerous contributions to the literature. The author’s arguments are sound, original, and significant.(Elizabeth Varon, University of Virginia)
Libra Hilde, a San Jose Universtiy history professor, presents arguments that counter long held assumptions that Southern women's contributions to the Civil War were less systematic and organized that those of Northern Women. Holde drew upon an impressive and extensive list of primary archival documents from several Southern state repositories during her research.(Arthur Fox Blue & Gray Magazine)
In this fascinating and much-needed study, Hilde brings Confederate nurses out of the shadows and into the war’s spotlight. Skillfully weaving together the home and battle fronts, she reveals not only Southern white women’s extensive involvement in the war effort but also their centrality to the cause of Southern independence.(Caroline E. Janney, Purdue University)
Hilde (San Jose State Univ.) has carefully revised her dissertation to present here a "focus solely on Confederate nurses...." [An] excellent book for Civil War buffs and those with interests in women's history.... Recommended.(CHOICE)
Hilde’s scholarship contributes to our understanding of the role of women as it changed in Southern society, of the acceptance of secular female nursing beyond the home, and of the construction of political ideology based on suffering and loss during national conflict.(Mary Ann Bradford Burnam, Otterbein University The Historian)
About the Author
Libra R. Hilde is Assistant Professor of History at San José State University.
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Once we get past the strident feminist sounding title, the book becomes a very fine account of Southern nursing, describing exertions, and privations of the women that practiced and conditions as well as the societal changes that these "matrons" experienced and precipitated.
The book is mostly about upper class women becoming matrons. Roles of blacks, free and slave, and working class women is only lightly touched upon. Interspersed with observations of diarist Mary Chesnut, the book follows careers of the matrons who turned to writing after the war. There is an interesting reference to interference by military leaders like Braxton Bragg. The role of men is only lightly touched, as is role of slave labor and that of working class women. Some other aspects include "unofficial" nursing efforts, comparison with Northern nursing where more resources were available as well as the effect of military actions and prior state of the art on which nurses had to build. There is emphasis on the effect of home and families.
The book concludes by saying that women's performance in the field of nursing during the civil war promoted positions of authority in the state governments to follow so as to affect the reconstruction period outcome. If that's a valid analysis it must be justified in another book. It's not in this one.
It's a valuable reference for someone specializing in the topic, rather tedious for general interest reading.