Civil War Nurses of Mount Auburn Cemetery

March 17, 2013

Nurses are among the Civil War heroes now remembered at Mount Auburn Cemetery. We thank this brave group of women for their incredible service to our nation!


Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802 – 1887)
Lot # 4731, Spruce Avenue

  • Volunteered for service just one week after the war began
  • Served pro bono throughout the war
  • Appointed Superintendent of Union Female Nurses
  • Required that nurses be plain looking, over 30 years old, and wear black or brown skirts.

Annie Kendall Freitag (1830 – 1905)
Lot #193, Ivy Path

Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813 – 1897)
Lot #4389, Clethra Path

  • Cared for Black troops in Washington, D.C.

Emily Elizabeth Parsons (1824 – 1880)
Lot # 608, Greenbrier Path

  • Charge nurse at Fort Schuyler Military Hospital (Long Island Sound)
  • Western Sanitary Commission (St. Louis, MO)
  • Lawson Hospital then City of Alton Steamboat Transporting Wounded

Hannah Elizabeth Stevenson (1807 – 1887)
Lot #445,  Yarrow Path

  • First woman to volunteer
  • 1861 – 1863: Nurse at Union Hospital (Poolesville, MD)
  • 1865: Established schools in Richmond, VA for Freedman’s Bureau
  • Supervisor of Nurses Benton Barracks Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

Mary Tate (1829 – 1863)
Lot #3280, Spruce Avenue

  • Nurse at Douglas Hospital (Washington, DC)

Mary Phinney Von Olnhausen (1818 – 1902)
Lot # 1817, Spruce Avenue

  • Volunteered in 1862 as a nurse under Dorothea Dix
  • 1862: Nurse at Mansion House (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1863: Chief Nurse at Army Hospital (Morehead City, NC)
  • Renowned for her wound care and high survival rate  

Acknowledgements: Research provided by Volunteer Bill McEvoy.

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