Clara Barton collected and transported supplies to the battlefield.
Once there she cleaned soldiers’ wounds and even removed bullets. Called “the angel of the battlefield,” she seemed to arrive just when her supplies and services were most needed.
Mary Ann Bickerdyke also seemed a saviour to many soldiers.
Known as Mother Bickerdyke, she brought in fresh food and medical supplies, did mounds of laundry, and prepared pot after pot of nourishing soup.
She also assisted surgeons and took care of wounded soldiers.
After two Tennessee battles in 1863, she was the only woman on hand to care for 1,700 injured soldiers.