Thank you! We had a LOT of black nurses, too- had no clue at the time this thread was created. Must add the nurse who walked away from her enslavement straight to hospitals. Died serving others, another nurse lost to typhoid.
And it had to have been hard- just because these were Union hospitals doesn't mean they didn't suffer at the hands of racists, bigots and plain old mean people. Found a Sanitary Commission report, for Heaven's sake, complaining about black nurses, racist buzz words all the heck all over it. They did it anyway.