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Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Daughters of Charity

"O, it was beyond description"

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
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By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Daughters of Charity Marker
Inscription. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton founded the Roman Catholic community of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's here in 1809 (after 1850, called Daughters of Charity). The sisters played a prominent role during the Civil War as nurses and human service workers, providing compassion in an otherwise violent and painful epoch. They continued Mother Seton's ministry of charity, bringing solace and healing to the wounded of both armies, sometimes at their own peril.

Father James Francis Burlando, C.M., and a group of twelve sisters, taking "baskets of things for the wounded, bandages and other necessaries," were among the first from outside Gettysburg to provide help after the battle. One of the sisters remarked that there was not a woman in sight: "On reaching the Battle grounds, awful! To see the men lying dead on the road some by the side of their horses. O, it was beyond description, hundreds of both armies laying dead almost on the track that the driver had to be careful not to pass over the bodies. O! This picture of human beings slaughtered down by their fellow men in a cruel civil war was perfectly awful." The sisters set up headquarters in McClellan's Hotel (now the Gettysburg Hotel) to provide nursing services.

More than 600 sister nurses from twelve separate religious communities served during the Civil War. Among the
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By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
2. Map in the Header of the Marker
Shows nearby Civil War Trails sites.
sister nurses from four communities with American hospital experience, approximately 270 Daughters of Charity rendered nursing care and spiritual assistance to the wounded of both armies at more than sixty sites in fifteen states.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 41.934′ N, 77° 19.644′ W. Marker is in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Seton Avenue (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph's Valley Camp (here, next to this marker); Gen. John F. Reynolds (here, next to this marker); The White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmitsburg Sisters of Charity (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Mount Saint Mary's College (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported
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By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
3. Civil War Trails Marker Cluster
In the parking lot for the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. From left to right Daughters of Charity, St. Joseph's Valley Camp, and General John F. Reynolds.
missing. ); St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a portrait of Seton who would become the first United States born Catholic saint. In the center is a portrait of Father James Francis Burlando, C.M. (1814-73). In the upper right is a photo of St. Joseph's Academy and Central House of the Daughters of Charity (1867). On the lower right is a drawing from Harpers Weekly depicting one of the sisters providing comfort and spiritual assistance to a wounded soldier.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sisters of Charity in the Civil War. The Sisters' effort in the war was for the love of God and love of humanity. (Submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. A brief history of the sisterhood. (Submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Daughters of Charity Emmitsburg Province. Today, the Daughters of Charity are an international community of over 21,000 women ministering on all continents throughout 94 countries in the world. Wherever there is human suffering, you will find Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul: happy, dedicated, caring, and creative. (Submitted on July 24, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,758 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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