Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Spanish American War Nurse

A local historian, Delia Robinson, in her book Historical Amnesia: Forgotten Women of Nineteenth Century Orleans County tells the story of Sarah Eva Shaw, of Holley NY. A Brockport graduate, class of 1893, she went on to study nursing at the Bellevue Nursing School in New York City. When the Spanish American War began she joined the Red Cross nursing service and went to Cuba with the army. She returned home at one point to recover from malaria and "nerve exhaustion" and then returned to serve as a nurse in the Philippines. (Pictured here is a group of nurses on a ship off Cuba.)

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