Where can I access a civil war nurse uniform?

I’m doing this project for history class. Need to read a biography, get note cards and dress up as if you were from that time era. I want to dress like either someone from 1846, or a civil war nurse. Please note that I am a girl. If anyone could help, that would be perfect. Thanks.

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  • Civil War nurses didn’t have a uniform, exactly.

    They generally dressed like this:

    http://cwnurses.tripod.com/how.html

    In short, they wore a plain dark-colored cotton “wash dress” of the time with a white apron and usually a white cap to cover their hair. They wore these with the usual underwear of the time–chemise, corset, bloomers and petticoats. Hoopskirts were discouraged, but multiple petticoats were used to give fullness to the skirts.

    Dorothea Dix described it thus: “All nurses are required to be plain looking women,” she stated. “Their dresses must be brown or black, with no bows, no curls, no jewelry, and no hoop-skirts.”

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    Where can I access a civil war nurse uniform?

    I’m doing this project for history class. Need to read a biography, get note cards and dress up as if you were from that time era. I want to dress like either someone from 1846, or a civil war nurse. Please note that I am a girl. If anyone could help, that would be perfect. Thanks.

  • It was not until the Crimean War (just prior to the American Civil War) women were even allowed to be considered ‘nurses’ in military situations. This is due, in large part to entirely, to Florence Nightingale.

    Women who medically ‘nursed’ during the Civil War were usually civilians who opened their homes to the wounded. Such folk often welcomed the wounded from both sides of the dispute without judging or making distinctions. Military surgeons often performed emergency operations with no sedatives on the battlefield and sometimes in the ‘heat of the battle’.

    Best to read a history of ‘nursing’ in order to establish premises for questions.

  • The last person to have people wear emblems was a dictator! slaughtering those who wore them by the millions. Your going to fuel a fire, I would leave it alone. There is enough tension with elections, with race issues and such we really don’t need or can afford to play with. Your lack history does not serve you well. your thinking of a novel idea simply is not one. Your question is a shinning example of why history is doomed to repeat itself.

  • Contact a Civil War Reenactment group closest to your home.

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    Yes, that way if Obama is elected and the country goes to sh**. We will know exactly who to blame for voting him in and we can throw tomatoes at them : )

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