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Haley N. SpeedWomen In The American Civil WarChichester High School
Running head; WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR2The American Civil War is America’s bloodiest war in American history, even still to this day, As many men died in captivity during the Civil War as were killed in the whole entirety of the Korean war [ CITATION Civ19 \l 1033 ]. This war was fought from 1861 to 1865 between states that wanted slavery (South) and states that wanted to abolish slavery and preserve the union (North). The American Civil War was “pivotal” for the United States. [ CITATION Hed19 \l 1033 ]. This war served as a catalyst to urbanization, industrialization, and the formation of the modern United States of America that everyone sees today. Throughout these four years, over six hundred and twenty thousand soldiers died (researches say it was closer to seven hundred and fifty thousand) and there were over four hundred and twenty thousand casualties [ CITATION Goe \l 1033 ]. There would have been an abundance of more casualties ifit were not for the help of women. Assistance from women in the American Civil War led to less death, a secure home front, and more job opportunities for women in the United States. Women served as a huge part in the medical field during the Civil War. There were more than twenty thousand nurses on both The Confederacy and The Union that wanted to help. Even with this large amount of women healing, there were still not enough. There was no general armyhospital on either side; army posts had their own small hospitals and they were extremely understaffed. The largest hospital post had less than forty beds. During the duration of the Civil War, the U.S army medical department had one surgeon general, thirty surgeons, eighty-three assistant surgeons, and not a single nurse; even though there are plenty of women willing to help in the medical field and that have plenty of experience[ CITATION Sla09 \l 1033 ]. Most womenwished to help someway during the civil war, and being a nurse was a way to get involved in helping.