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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918971-3
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 258 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-918972-0
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 258 pages
  • Keywords
    • Mary Bickerdyke,
    • American Civil War,
    • Civil War heroes,
    • Women in the Civil War,
    • Civil War nurses,
    • American nurse,
    • Sanitary Commission

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The Life of Mary Bickerdyke
by Bonnie Davies

Everyone knows the battles of the Civil War, with their generals and their soldiers. But few people living today know the story of Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke, a hero in her time. Mother: The Life of Mary Bickerdyke is the story of a woman who revolutionized the healing process. Mary travelled the width and breadth of America, working in hospitals, asylums, prisons, missions, houses of the poor…and at many a battlefield. She is most often recognized for her work during the American Civil War, but her loving toil occurred throughout her long life. Mary helped soldiers and generals, paupers and farmers, orphans and amputees. She loved her country and its people, and gave up a life of ease to care for others. As Mary Livermore once wrote, the good woman “lived a grand, good life, packed with noble deeds wrought for others.” Now, her astounding history has been captured for the modern reader in Mother: The Life of Mary Bickerdyke.

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Bonnie Davies is a retired history teacher and guidance counsellor. She has had short stories published in Prism, and the anthologies Light of Awareness (2005) and Glimpses (2009). Bonnie is an enthusiastic historian; she has visited important sites across the country, including Gettysburg, Franklin, Arlington Cemetery, and many famous battlefields. To research Mother, she also made trips to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the American Civil War Museum, the Tredegar Museum, New Market Battlefield Military Museum, and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Bonnie is a mother to two adult children. She enjoys reading, gardening, quilting, and travelling to new places. Her community’s book club, of which she is a long-time member, focuses on local history. Bonnie lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with her husband, Gary.


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