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When the American Civil War broke out, the nation was torn in half. The war and its politics separated families as men enlisted from every state to fight for the Confederacy or the Union. And unfortunately for those who took to the battlefields of the Civil War, many never made it home. Those who faced gun blasts and attacks on the front line had little chance to survive — and the wounded were likely to die.
Luckily, the soldiers fighting in the Civil War did have one savior when they found themselves with grave injuries: nurses. During the war, women took to the battlefields with the men, working out of first aid tents and trying to save as many soldiers as possible. Civil War nurses enlisted in their own way, working hard to save lives for no pay. The women arrived willing to serve, as volunteers, donning body-covering dresses in brown, gray, or black to hide stains and to keep blood, pus, vomit, and other substances at bay. Experienced nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix kept order in the battlefield hospitals, guiding volunteers like Louisa May Alcott, Jane Stuart Woolsey, and Susie King Taylor.
The Civil War, though a tragedy for so many, changed the future of nursing in America. The women who took the soldiers’ health into their hands became professionals, learning so much more than before. Many, like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix, went on to further the medical community in new was. And the American Red Cross became a permanent institution, a fixture in future crises and on battlefields.
You can capture a Civil War nurse’s simple, plain style with this 19th century accessory worn by the volunteers: a white apron adorned with the symbol of the Red Cross. This white bib apron evokes the traditional style worn by nurses who dedicated their days to saving lives off the battlefield. Crafted to be historically accurate, it’s the perfect piece to don when you’re dressing like a volunteer nurse during the 1800s.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of historical clothing, this adult Civil War nurse apron costume is authentic to the every day style of 19th century America in the midst of the Civil War. This high-quality costume accessory can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply a fun day of dressing up to experience life as a 19th century nurse. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this adult Civil War nurse apron is built to last.