Celebrate Nurses this week: Diary of a Civil War Nurse

National Nurses week is May 6th to 12th so to help us celebrate nurses, we are looking back at experiences of a Civil War nurse.
This interactive exhibition makes use of personal letters and diaries to document the life and experiences of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin. Get a first-hand account of a nurse’s job through the eyes of Amanda Akin who was serving as a nurse at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C.. Site includes both journal entries and letters she wrote home to her sister to give you a full picture of her job. Learn how the nurses’ role has changed over the years. Site not only includes her writings but also pictures to fully explore the nurses’ job during the Civil War.

See more at http://americanhistory.si.edu/documentsgallery/exhibitions/nursing_1.html