The Citizen’s Companion and the Camp Chase Gazette recently reviewed my book, Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. The book is a non-fiction recounting of the rarely recognized work of 300 Daughters of Charity during the Civil War. These Catholic sisters provided care on battlefields like Antietam and Gettysburg, on troop transports on the James River, in POW prisons like Point Lookout in Maryland and in hospitals like Satterlee in Philadelphia. They earned the nickname of “Battlefield Angels” because their wide, white cornettes looked somewhat like angel’s wings. They could be found in just about every state involved in the war.
The Citizen’s Companion noted, “The stories are told in a compelling narrative, though the story tends to jump around because it is told chronologically. … Battlefield Angels is a non-fiction history book that reads more like a novel with its stories of the people involved in the war. Battlefield Angels shows Rada’s ability to apply that storytelling talent to relate a true story to readers so that they will discover their own fascination with history.”