A Soldier's Friend, Civil War Nurse Cornelia Hancock
By Georgiann Baldino
Published: November 30, 2010.
The Superintendent of Army Nurses, Dorthea Dix, took one look at Cornelia Hancock and told her to go back home. Rather than argue with "Dragon Dix" Cornelia hid in a baggage car. The date was July 5, 1863, and the train was headed for Gettysburg, where the Civil War's bloodiest battle had just ended.