Mary Lucy Dosh
Funeral of Marcy Lucy Dosh (illustration from Angels of the battlefield - a history of the labors of the Catholic sisterhoods in the late civil war (1898) by George Barton
September 15, 1839
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
|Died||December 29, 1861
Mary Lucy Dosh (September 15, 1839 – December 29, 1861) was a Catholic nun in the order of the Sisters of Nazareth. She was a volunteer nurse in Western Kentucky during the American Civil War, caring for both Union troops and Confederate prisoners of war, and died in the course of duty from typhoid fever. In 2012, the United States Congress passed a resolution honoring Dosh's nursing care given to both Union and Confederate soldiers.
Barbara Dosh was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She was orphaned at age 11 and she and her sister went to live in Louisville, Kentucky, with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Dosh's talent for music was recognized by Mother Catherine Spalding of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and she went to St. Vincent in Union County, Kentucky, to study music.
While serving as a nurse, Dosh died of typhoid fever on December 29, 1861, a few months into the Civil War. Her casket was carried on the U.S. gunboat Peacock up the Ohio River to Uniontown, Kentucky, under an order of truce with an escort of six Union soldiers and six Confederate soldiers. She was buried in the St. Vincent Academy cemetery. In December, 2012 the United States Congress passed a resolution honoring Dosh's nursing care given to both Union and Confederate soldiers.