Civil War Nurse
Sculpture by Bela Pratt honoring Civil War army nurses.



As I learn about my ancestors,  I realize I place them into time blocks in terms of wars that took place.  Yes, I have a rough timeline of natural disasters, medical advancements, of inventions and their developments, and great architectural and transportation changes.  But the category easiest to use when I am trying to sort out who lived when, is the category of wars that took place. 

That seems like a sad commentary on humans.  Many might argue that great inventions and advancements are the result of the needs of war.  The price paid for these, however,  is so incredibly high.

Margaret Edwards — A Civil War Nurse

Margaret Edwards, (1805-1893), my third great grandmother on my dad’s side, was affected by war.  Not only was she alive during the Civil War, but she served in it as a nurse.  She was married twice.  Her first husband, Henry R. Pace died in 1845.  They had one son, Charles S. Pace,  who was my second great grandfather.  She married Daniel Sinclair in 1848.  Daniel Sinclair joined the 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry in Sept. 1862.  He was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg.  A listing of people from the 143rd shows that Sinclair, Daniel A., Private, who joined Sept.6, 1862 was wounded at Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1, 1863.  I think that she followed him into war by volunteering to serve as a nurse.  She was 57 years old at that time.  According to an article in, “Thousands of women in the North and South joined volunteer brigades and signed up to serve as nurses.”   

Here are two newspaper clips telling about her service.  If you double click on the articles, you will be able to read them better.

I wanted to include Margaret Edwards in this blog because of her service during the Civil War.  She was first notable to me for that.  As I read more about her, I was struck by the strength  of this woman.  She lived to be almost 88 years old.  Her life was filled with extreme sorrows.  She outlived two husbands.   As a nurse in the Civil War, she encountered the horrors wars place upon the people.  And, of her six children, only one survived beyond her.  That was Charles S. Pace, my second great-grandfather. 

Ancestry Mystery

I have one more ancestor in the Pace line that I want to write about, my grandmother Catherine C. Kester.  Her life story is the biggest mystery I have in pursuit of knowledge about the people in my past.  She is the one I will write about next. 







#61 — Margaret Edwards — a Civil War Nurse.
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5 thoughts on “#61 — Margaret Edwards — a Civil War Nurse.

  • February 28, 2021 at 8:20 am

    These are wonderful…keep them coming…I learn something new every time!

    • February 28, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, Natalia. You made my teacher heart happy when you said you learn something each time. I do, too. Which is why I’m having a wonderful time with this.

  • February 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    I have enjoyed learning about Margaret. She was indeed a woman of courage and strengthen. We can indeed be proud of our ancestors who set great examples for us.

    • February 28, 2021 at 8:34 am

      Thank you, Marge. I’m enjoying discovering more about them.

    • February 28, 2021 at 8:48 am

      I agree that they are examples to us. It definitely makes my life feel fuller when I learn about these people. Seems I can’t go back and meet them, this gives me a little bit of a way to know them.

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