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Misc: Catholic Sisters and the American Civil War

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civil war nuns Pat McNamara writes for Patheos about the Catholic sisters who worked as nurses during the American Civil War. “Before the Civil War, nuns often didn’t wear habits in public or when traveling, because of anti-Catholic hostility. In Indiana, children threw rocks at them. In New England, anti-Catholic mobs threatened to burn down their convents (and sometimes actually did). . . but when the war came they were deperately needed.” Learn more about the Catholic sisters who took care of the wounded on both sides, and paved the way for women to be accepted in the nursing profession here: Catholic Sister and the American Civil War

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