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LUNCH WITH BOOKS LIVESTREAM: Faces of Civil War Nurses with Ronald S. Coddington

October 27, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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During the American Civil War, women on both sides of the conflict, radiating patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts, contributed to the war effort in countless ways: forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandières, unofficial attachés to the regiments.

In Faces of Civil War Nurses, Ronald S. Coddington turns his attention to the experiences of 77 women of all ages and walks of life who provided care during the war as nurses, aid workers, and vivandières. Their personal narratives are as unique as fingerprints: each provides a distinct entry point into the larger social history of the brutal and bloody conflict. Coddington tells these determined women's stories through letters, diaries, pension files, and newspaper and government reports. Using identified tintypes and cartes de visite of women on both sides of the war, many of them never before published, Coddington uncovers the personal histories of each intrepid individual. Following their postwar stories, he also explains how the bonds they formed continued long after the cessation of hostilities.

The fifth volume in Coddington's series on Civil War soldiers, this captivating microhistory will appeal to anyone with an interest in the Civil War, women's studies, social history, nursing, or photography.

Get a signed copy: https://shopmilitaryimages.com/collections/faces-of-the-civil-war-books
Use the promo code LUNCHWITHBOOKS at checkout to receive 15 percent off any of Ron's books and any other purchases on the site. If you have special instructions for how you’d like the book signed, make your wishes known in the notes field.

This program will be available to watch live on Facebook Live, on YouTube, and on the OCPL website's LWB Livestream page Log into your Facebook or YouTube account during the program to leave questions for Ron in the comments box.


About the Author: Ronald S. Coddington is an editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and the editor and publisher of Military Images magazine. He is the author of Faces of the Confederacy, Faces of the Civil War, African American Faces of the Civil War, and Faces of the Civil War Navies.


Lunch With Books Livestream starts at noon on Facebook and YouTube.

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"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch, feed your brain!


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