Sarah Low, Civil War nurse from Dover. "We are up at six, dress by gas-light. Our rooms are at the end of the wards and often just a curtain for privacy. The air is very bad and the ventilation poor. One has little appetite for food. There is often no competent head in the wards. Good bad and indifferent nurses, surgeons and attendants complicate matters. Some of the doctors are splendid men, others absolutely incompetent."
Captain Sally Louisa Tompkins served as a nurse during the Civll War and was the only woman commissioned as an officer in the Confederate Army. Known as the Angel of the Confederacy, she insisted upon cleanliness in the hospital she supervised, likely preserving the lives of many people despite the era's poor understanding of the role of aseptic practices in preventing infection.
Cornelia Hancock, Civil War Nurse, wearing medals soldiers gave her for "ministrations of mercy." http://www.amazon.com/Soldiers-Friend-Cornelia-Hancock-ebook/dp/B005DT9SQ0/ref=la_B003P9L25K_1_7?ie=UTF8=1365602025=1-7