New Online: Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke’s Papers (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke’s Papers. “During the Civil War, thousands of Union soldiers in the Western Theater affectionately called Mary Ann Bickerdyke (1817–1901) ‘Mother’ for the tender maternal care she provided as a nurse and relief worker with the United States Sanitary Commission. Bickerdyke’s papers at the Library of Congress are now available online. They include lists of provisions supplied for soldiers’ aid during Bickerdyke’s time in the field as well as grateful letters from soldiers who benefitted from her nursing skills, donors on the home front and relief workers who shepherded food and other material to the front.”