Turn Backward, O Time: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Shelton

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Amanda Shelton's diary tells the remarkable story of her service as a nurse for the Union on the frontlines of the Civil War in 1864, where she battled for her career amidst wounded and dying soldiers. Unlike Clara Barton or Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Shelton's name is rarely mentioned in tandem with other important female figures of this episode in history, yet her diary definitively recounts the unique contribution she made to the war effort. Working alongside the small band of nurses of the Special Diet Kitchens, her accomplishments laid the foundation for the value of individualized care, which remains a core concept in modern nursing.

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Kathleen S. Hanson, editor of Amanda Shelton's Turn Backward O Time, is a former Associate Professor of Nursing at The University of Iowa College of Nursing. She has published works on nursing in the Civil War in professional journals and presented her research at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Hanson has served as the president of the American Association for the History of Nursing.

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Amanda Shelton's diary . . . serves to increase the body of knowledge about the personal strengths of women from diverse backgrounds which are often overlooked as historical sources. Dr. Hanson's work in bringing this diary to life is a gift to all of us nurses, historians, women, professional colleagues, and laypersons and will be cherished by all who seek a complete story of nursing s history. --Patricia Donahue, former professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing

[Shelton's] words are deeply informative, intriguing, and important to a comprehensive understanding of the Civil War's many dimensions. --Library Journal

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