This Day in Jewish History / An ironic Confederate nurse is born
Desperate for men on the battlefield, the Confederates let women into the wards, leading Phoebe Pember to create the position of 'matron.’
August 18, 1823, is the birthdate of Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, the Charleston, South Carolina-born Jewish nurse and administrator of a Confederate army hospital during the Civil War. She became something of a legend by way of the ironic and insightful memoir she published of her experiences.
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