Middle Level Lesson
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women--Study and teaching; United States--Armed Forces--Nurses--Study and teaching;
- Analyze an 1868 article about a nurse who erected monuments to Union soldiers and piece together information about her work and family
- Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC
- Students examine ways that women found to contribute to the war effort within the limits of the nineteenth century by learning about Eliza Potter, who cared for the sick and dying during the war and worked to honor the dead afterward. They look at Potter’s life as a Unionist in Charleston, losing two children during the war, nursing Union soldiers in the Confederate prisons, and memorializing them after the Civil War in Beaufort National Cemetery. Finally, students write her obituary or eulogy drawing on different sources to commemorate her life and achievements.
Department of History
Public Domain, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Connors, Thomas G., "Eliza Potter's Story: Remembering the Civil War Fallen at Beaufort, SC [Lesson Plan]" (2016). Open Educational Resources. 316.