Turn Backward, O Time: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Shelton

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Amanda Shelton's diary tells the remarkable story of her service as a nurse for the Union on the frontlines of the Civil War in 1864, where she battled for her career amidst wounded and dying soldiers. Unlike Clara Barton or Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Shelton's name is rarely mentioned in tandem with other important female figures of this episode in history, yet her diary definitively recounts the unique contribution she made to the war effort. Working alongside the small band of nurses of the Special Diet Kitchens, her accomplishments laid the foundation for the value of individualized care, which remains a core concept in modern nursing.

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This presents the first-person experiences of Shelton, a young woman from Iowa, from April 1864 to September 1866 when she volunteered for the Special Diet Kitchens, an organization that combined nursing and feeding of Union troops around battle sites. Editor Hanson (Coll. of Nursing, Univ. of Iowa) contributes a substantial introduction that approaches her subject not from a military or gender perspective, but from the role that nursing played in the war, and, likewise, the role that the war played in the evolution of nursing. Readers also get a window into how the usually inexperienced women handled the pressures of being far from home and among strangers while coping with the horrors of battle. Shelton's diary is brief, yet her words are deeply informative, intriguing, and important to a comprehensive understanding of the Civil War's many dimensions. Recommended for academic libraries.-Teri Shiel, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781889020181
  • Publisher: Edinborough Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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