Mary Bickerdyke was a nurse who cared for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Known as “Mother Bickerdyke,” she worked on the first hospital boat for a branch of the U.S. Sanitary Commission. She was chief of nursing under Ulysses S. Grant, serving at the Battle of Vicksburg. Mary was the best-known and most colorful nurse in the war. She disregarded red tape and military procedures. At one time General William T. Sherman exclaimed “She ranks me. I can’t do a thing in the world”; however, she was the only woman Sherman would allow in his camp. Mary Bickerdyke built more than 300 hospitals during the war and worked at 19 battlefields, including Shiloh, and was with Sherman’s March to the Sea. After the war, she worked for the Salvation Army and became an attorney who aided veterans.
This Mary Bickerdyke mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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