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Ann Bradford Stokes: African American Civil War Nurse (Virtual)

Presented by Elmhurst Public Library at Online/Virtual Space

Feb 21 2023
Ann Bradford Stokes: African American Civil War Nurse (Virtual)

In a fascinating re-enactment, Marlene Rivero will breathe life back into Ann Stokes, how Stokes escaped slavery, began volunteering as a nurse, and aided Civil War soldiers.

Ann Bradford Strokes (1833-1903) worked aboard the Navy’s first Hospital Ship, Red Rover, of Mound City, Illinois. She worked with sick and wounded soldiers aboard the United States Naval Hospital Ship (U.S.N.) throughout the Western Theater of the Civil War on both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries.

Stokes lived mostly aboard the Red Rover, but occasionally stayed in the Mound City contraband camp in a community of over two thousand people. She volunteered with the

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  • Marlene Rivero and Ann Stokes

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