Nuns of the Battlefield, a sculpture by Irish artist Jerome Connor, is a tribute to the more than 600 nuns who nursed soldiers of both armies during the American Civil War. It is one of two monuments in Washington, D.C. that mark women’s roles in the conflict. The 1924 dedication was attended by Sister of Mercy Madeleine O’Donnell who as a 19-year-old nursed wounded soldiers at Stanton during the Civil War.

Nuns of the Battlefield, a sculpture by Irish artist Jerome Connor, is a tribute to the more than 600 nuns who nursed soldiers of both armies during the American Civil War. It is one of two monuments in Washington, D.C. that mark women’s roles in the conflict. The 1924 dedication was attended by Sister of Mercy Madeleine O’Donnell who as a 19-year-old nursed wounded soldiers at Stanton during the Civil War.

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  1. Diane Bretz says:

    Is there a photo of Sister Madeline O’Donnell at any age while serving as a nurse during the Civil War. I would very much like to have one. I’m with a newly formed ladies Aux for the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War in western PA and we named our Aux after Sister Madeline. I would appreciate any help or direction to find more information on Sister Madeline O’Donnell. Thank you so much for your time.

    • Kay Rains (O'Donnell) says:

      I have a Sister Madeleine O’Donnell who is my great, great aunt. I haven’t been able to find out very much about her except that she was a Sister of Mercy in Pittsburgh. She has a sister, Rev Mother Laurentia who was a Sister of St Joseph in Philadelphia.

      Do you think we are looking for the same person? They both came from Ireland.

      Regards, Kay

  2. Kay Rains says:

    I would be interested to learn more about your Aux for the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War in Western PA. I have just received a very blurry photor of Sister May Madeleine O’Donnell who is my great great aunt.
    Regards,
    Kay

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