Nursing during the F & I War

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Posted by Victoria on April 15, 1998 at 14:51:32:

For all you in the health care field I found the following information interesting. It's from "Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community During the American Revolution," pg. 8, by Holly A. Mayer, University of South Carolina Press.

"Almost all the British army's nurses were female by 1750. The matron was the highest paid woman in the medical services and had considerable respect and prestige. She supervised the nurses and had the general responsibility of overseeing the patients' comfort. Charlotte Browne was a matron of the British army hospital organized for General Braddock's campaign in 1755. During her service that season she dealt with recalcitrant servants (dismissing one for theft), absent nurses who preferrred to be with their soldier-husbands, miserable roads, desolate camps, her brother's death, and her own illness. She also had to deal with the wounded refugees of Braddock's defeat, and follow the remnants of that force to Frederick's Town, MD. While there, she was visited, probably to be examined for propriety, by the town's ladies." She left a journal of her experiences. "Journal of Mrs. Browne, Braddock's Expedition, 1754-1757," copy in the NY Historical Society, NYC; or in Isabel M. Calder, ed., "Colonial Captivities, Marches and Journeys."

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