Mary Ann Bickerdyke: To Heal a Nation


Meeting Rooms A & B

To Heal a Nation

2015 is the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. We are pleased to welcome Jessica Michna of First Impressions in a stunning portrayal of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, aka "Mother Bickerdyke." During the Civil War, more soldiers died from disease than from wounds. The care these men received often was worse than their illnesses. Many women in both the North and the South came forward to act as nurses. Mother Bickerdyke distinguished herself as organizer and chief of nursing, hospital, and welfare services for the western armies under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant during the War, and became known for organizing and setting up Union military hospitals, establishing mobile laundries and kitchens, and generally endearing herself to the wounded and sick; she was beloved by the soldiers.