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Mary Ann Bickerdyke

Mary Ann Bickerdyke
Civilians
1817-1901
Ohio
Hospital Administrator

The only woman allowed in Sherman’s camps became known simply as "Mother Bickerdyke" to thousands of Union soldiers, famous for her ability to bypass bureaucracy, scrounge together supplies, and help run army field hospitals. Her talents ranged from brewing coffee "for her boys" to assisting in amputations. After the war ended, she moved on to the courtroom as an attorney, helping Union veterans with legal issues.















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