" Jane Stuart Woolsey was one of the thousands of women who served in military hospitals during the Civil War. Woosley came from a remarkable family with the mother, seven sisters, and one brother contributing to the Union cause. After the way, three sisters - Jane, Georgeanna and Abby - remained active in the nursing profession.
Jane, the second daughter of Charles and Jane Eliza woolsey was born on a ship off the coast of Connecticut in 1830. In 1840 her father died, leaving nine children. The widow and her family lived in relative comfort in New York City, supported by relatives and inheritances. As the children came of age, they became immersed in the political upheaval that led to the outbreak of war. As her sister wrote, "When the members of the Woolsey family gave up toys, they took up politics. Brought up by a mother who hated slavery, although her ancestors for generations had been Virginia slave-holders, they walked with her in the straight path of abolitionism. - Hospital Days, Reminiscence of a Civil War Nurse; by Jane Stuart Woolsey, published by Edinborough Press