Kate Cumming: A Tribute to a Scottish, Confederate Nurse

Kate Cumming was a Confederate Nurse for the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. Her journal has been used as a textbook for nursing schools. Scottish by ancestry, she deeply loved Scotland and the South. With my emphasis on writing about Celtic issues and people, I decided some posts devoted to this Mobile, Alabama resident would be appropriate.

Jed Marum: Lyrics and Chords (For more information on Jed Marum, go to http://www.jedmarum.com/)

Jed Marum has written two songs about Kate Cumming. He says this about the one I decided to post today: “The song was inspired by a poem I found in the diary of Kate Cumming – a nurse who worked the hospitals that followed the Confederate armies as they moved throughout the South during the American Civil War.

Kate was a bright, intelligent and eloquent woman, a Scottish immigrant and woman of deep faith. She is a genuine hero to me for her dedication to the young men who fought and died so bravely for their various causes during America’s most trying times. She left her thoughts and recollections for us in a book called; Kate Cumming: Diary Of A Confederate Nurse. You’ll find it still print at Amazon and elsewhere.”

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