When the Battle of Antietam was over, the casualties numbered more than 23,000. No single day of battle has every been more horrific.
I have always been amazed by the stories of those who showed up to help, especially the women who rolled up their sleeves and fed wounded soldiers, read to them, offered a word of comfort. Even though Sharpsburg was in the middle of the country, set between two mountains, people came from everywhere to lend a hand.
A local organization, the Smoketown Antietam Hospital Project, will host a Women’s History Month event, REMEMBERING WOMEN OF ANTIETAM–THE CAREGIVERS. It’s set for Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Boonsboro Library in Washington County, Maryland, not far from the battlefield.
I am honored that I was asked to join some heavyweight scholars to speak about the tent hospital where a major portion of my Civil War novel DIVIDED LOYALTIES is set.
I will admit that I am no historian–but I relied a lot on the stories John Banks tells in his blog. This is where I saw my first photo of Maria Hall, the real talented nurse who worked at Smoketown. I’m looking forward to hearing Emilie Amt, a history professor at Hood College in Frederick.
If my story piqued your curiosity about the women who served their country in battlefield hospitals during the Civil War, I invite you to come for this short presentation. I will be the first to admit I didn’t know very much about the work of women during the war. The more I read the more fascinated I became.
Now, I’ll have a chance to meet one of the writers who inspired my story and and celebrate the women who served as caregivers at this tragic moment. They deserve recognition for their efforts and their sacrifices.
The event is free. Let me know if you’re coming. I’ll save you a seat.