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Mrs. Bickerdyke
A beloved army nurse, Mrs. Bickerdyke, was a remarkable woman of moral fortitude. All the Union officers, including General Sherman admired her. She always had the best ...

Mrs. Bickerdyke

A beloved army nurse, Mrs. Bickerdyke, was a remarkable woman of moral fortitude. All the Union officers, including General Sherman admired her. She always had the best interest of the soldiers in mind when she attended to them in the hospital where she worked. The following story shows her influence in doing what was necessary and right:

On one occasion, visiting one of the wards at nearly eleven o’clock A.M., where the men were very badly wounded, she found that the assistant surgeon-in-charge, who had been out “on a spree” the night before and had slept very late, had not yet made out the special diet list for the ward, and the men, faint and hungry, had had no breakfast. She at once denounced him in the strongest terms. He came in meanwhile, and on his inquiry, “Hoity, toity, what’s the matter!” She turned upon him with, “Matter enough, you miserable scoundrel! Here these men, any one of them is worth a thousand of you, are suffered to starve and die, because you want to be off upon a drunk! … you shall not stay in the army a week longer.” The surgeon still laughed, but he turned pale, for he knew her power.… Within three days, she had caused his discharge. He went to headquarters and asked to be reinstated. General Sherman, who was then in command, listened patiently, and then inquired who had caused this discharge … said the surgeon, hesitatingly; “I suppose it was that woman, that Mrs. Bickerdyke.” “Oh,” said Sherman. “Well, if it was her, I can do nothing for you. She ranks me.”

Mrs. Bickerdyke would not tolerate immoral behavior, especially when it came to caring for wounded soldiers. She is an example of the honesty and morality that is needed in people of our communities today. A revival of old-fashioned morals would do much to bring our nation back into God’s favor. Pray earnestly for a spiritual revival in America.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.

Romans 3:19


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