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.’

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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...