Dorothea Dix in the Civil War: History, Timeline & Facts


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How many other times had the U.S. army allowed women to serve as nurses before the Civil War?

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1. How much did the female nurses earn per day?

2. What did Dix say was the minimum age to be a female army nurse?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Dorothea Dix was a well-known social advocate who spent years building a health care system for the nation's mentally ill. She then volunteered to organize thousands of nurses to care for soldiers wounded during the Civil War. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Dix's tenure as Superintendent of Army Nurses, and how her organization opened the door for women in the nursing profession after the war.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The history of nurses serving in the U.S. Army
  • Dix and her leadership of army nurses
  • Qualifications to serve as an army nurse
  • Male vs. female nurses
  • Challenges Dix faced as Superintendent of Army Nurses

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access information about Dorothea Dix and her career of public service
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge on Dorothea Dix to answer questions about her service during the Civil War
  • Making connections - examine the different ways 19th century attitudes toward women affected Dix and her organization of nurses

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Dorothea Dix. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Dorothea Dix and her role as a social advocate
  • Learn about her service as Superintendent of Army Nurses
  • Know some of the challenges she faced as superintendent
  • Understand the strict requirements for army nurses
  • Know how the Union miscalculated the determination and strength of the Confederacy