Mary Lucy Dosh

Mary Lucy Dosh
Born Barbara Dosh
(1839-09-15)September 15, 1839
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Died December 29, 1861(1861-12-29) (aged 22)
Western Kentucky
Nationality American
Occupation Volunteer nurse
Years active 1860–1861

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.

Early life and education

Barbara Dosh was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. [1] [2] [3] She was orphaned at age 11 and she and her sister went to live in Louisville, Kentucky, with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. [1] [2] 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. [1]

Dosh decided to join the order of the Sisters of Nazareth and took the name Sister Mary Lucy Dosh. [1] She went to Paducah, Kentucky, to teach music at St Mary's Academy in Union County. [1]

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