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Dorothea Lynde Dix

Dorothea Lynde Dix
Civilian
1802-1887
Maine
Leader of the Union's Women Nurses

As wartime leader of the Union's Women Nurses, Dorothea Dix set a quiet example of indomitable efficiency, impressing even General Sherman. Her standards were so high that many volunteers were turned away from battlefield postings. A schoolteacher by training, she later became an ardent crusader for reforms in treatment of the mentally ill in prisons, asylums, and elsewhere. Dix's articulate arguments gained her worldwide attention.















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