Women of the War


Mary Jane Safford

Born: December 31 1834 - Hyde Park, Vermont

Died: December 8 1891 - Tarpon Springs, Florida

   On the arrival of nurse Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke in Cairo in summer 1861, Safford volunteered to work with her as a nursing aide, showed talent, and was pressed into full-time nursing. With Bickerdyke, she cared for troops succumbing to camp diseases and the large numbers of wounded from the Battles of Belmont and Fort Donelson.

Note: She was one of Boston University School of Medicine's founding faculty.

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