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The month of May marks National Nurses Week from May 6-12. 

Displayed below are photos of two nurses, Isabella Fogg and Ruth Mayhew (l to r), from the collections of the Maine State Archives.  Fogg and Mayhew both worked as nurses in the Civil War.  This was able to happen thanks to a law passed in 1861 in the Maine Legislature that authorized the governor to allow women to serve as nurses in the army.  This law is also pictured below.

Nurses (L to R), Isabella Fogg and Ruth Mayhew; 1861 McCrillis Act

Nurse Act transcript (pdf)