Women from various religious orders were also recognized caretakers of the sick having experienced epidemics, natural disasters and prior wars.
About 600 sisters from 12 Catholic orders served in the Civil War.
From the end of the Mexican War to the election of Abraham Lincoln, the war’s roots were numerous and diverse.
With the end of the Mexican War in 1848 and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, America was ceded western territories. As these new territories would be admitted as states, would they be free or slave states?
Pro-slavery forces supported by President James Buchanan attempted to push the Constitution through the U. Even though it delayed statehood, Kansas voters rejected the Constitution and became a free state.
John Brown was a radical abolitionist who had been involved in anti-slavery violence in Kansas.In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, allowing the Kansas and Nebraska territories to decide for themselves using popular sovereignty whether they wanted to be free or slave.By 1856, Kansas had become a hotbed of violence as pro- and anti-slavery forces fought over the state's future to the point where it was nicknamed "Bleeding Kansas." The widely reported violent events were a small taste of the violence to come with the Civil War.Unheralded nuns are seen serving as nursing staff providing comfort and care.Nurses, both Union and Confederate, wrote memoirs of their experiences providing an intimate and personal look at the war from varied points of view.To deal with this, Congress passed the Compromise of 1850, which basically made California free and allowed the people in Utah and New Mexico to choose for themselves.This ability of a state to decide whether it would allow slavery was called popular sovereignty.This was the most controversial part of the Compromise of 1850 and caused many abolitionists to increase their efforts against slavery.This act also prompted more activity along the Underground Railroad as fleeing slaves made their way to Canada.This decision furthered the cause of abolitionists as they increased their efforts to fight against slavery.When the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed, Kansas was allowed to determine whether it would enter the Union as free or slave.