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Horizon Books: Author Signing – Pamela Toler

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Date:
May 13
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Horizon Books
Phone:
231-946-7290
Email:
read@horizonbooks.com
Website:
www.horizonbooks.com

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Age
Adults

Venue

Horizon Books
243 E Front St
Traverse City, MI United States
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Phone:
231-275-1258

Author Signing:  Pamela Toler, Heroines of Mercy Street, the Real Nurses of the Civil War

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

WHERE:  Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

The nurses of the Civil War ushered in a new era for medicine in the midst of tremendous hardship. While the country was at war, these women not only learned to advocate and care for patients in hostile settings, saved countless lives, and changed the profession forever, they regularly fell ill with no one to nurse them in return, seethed in anger at the indifference and inefficiency that left wounded men on the battlefield without care, and all too often mourned for those they could not rescue.

Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, hotel turned wartime hospital and setting for the PBS show Mercy Street. Women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more rushed to be of service to their country during the war, meeting challenges that would discourage less determined souls every step of the way. They saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before; diseases like typhoid and dysentery were rampant; and working conditions—both physically and emotionally—were abysmal.

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