Sally L Tompkins

Born November 9, 1833 Matthews County, Virginia Died July 25, 1916 Richmond, Virginia

Confederate nurse and hospital administrator Only woman to hold a position as a commissioned officer in the

Confederate Army

Over three thousand American women acted as paid nurses during the Civil War, and thousands more performed nursing duties as volunteers. Sally Tompkins was one of the most successful nurses on either side of the conflict. The private hospital she established for wounded Confederate soldiers in Richmond, Virginia, had the highest survival rate of any Civil War medical facility. Between the time she opened it in July 1861 and the end of the war in 1865, she lost only 73 out of 1,333 patients.

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