War Nurse
What could I do but go with them [Civil War soldiers], or work for them and my
country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."
Clara Barton

Wounded soldiers being tended to in the field after the Battle of Chancellorsville near Fredericksburg, Va., May 2, 1863.

The Civil War is now in full engagement. You are a nurse and you can't think of a better way to support your army. Often times you risk your own life while tending to the soldiers. You will write a letter to a family member or friend and share your experiences.

Some questions to ask yourself as you write the letter are as follows. Are there any dangerous situations when you tend to soldiers on the battlefield? Is it easy to get to the battlefield? How long does it take to get there? Do you regret any of your experiences?

 You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as a war nurse.


Ward in the Carver
General Hospital,
Washington, D.C.


To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind.

Remember the Ladies

Civil War Nurses

Clara Barton: A Civil War Nurse

American Civil War Home Page


Civil War for Kids

Civil War ThinkQuest

Documentaries of 2 Communities

Life in Civil War America