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Aboard the Red Rover

March 7, 2012

During the Civil War, the the USS Red Rover. a hospital ship based in the Mississippi River, became the first Navy vessel to have women on board. The Catholic Sisters of the Holy Cross served as nurses aboard the ship.

This engraving from Harper’s Bazaar shows  a sister nurse attending a patient bedside in one of the wards. It comes from the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

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