‘I have been trying very hard to be powerful “nice” …’: the correspondence of Sister M. De Sales (Brennan) during the American Civil War

  title={‘I have been trying very hard to be powerful “nice” …’: the correspondence of Sister M. De Sales (Brennan) during the American Civil War},
  author={Eileen Moore Quinn},
  journal={Irish Studies Review},
  pages={213 - 233}
  • E. Quinn
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • History
  • Irish Studies Review
Roman Catholic Irish nuns formed a large part of the American Civil War nursing experience in both the North and the South. In fact, when Confederate President Robert E. Lee beseeched the assistance of Irish-born Patrick Lynch, then Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, to provide nurses for his hospitals, Roman Catholic sisters from a local convent were pressed into service. Sister M. De Sales (Brennan), born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, became instrumental in establishing two hospitals in the… 
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