Fannie Beers, The Florence Nightingale of the South
Fannie A. Beers was a young woman from Pensacola, Florida, whose husband was serving in the Confederate Army. Fannie had strong feeling for the Confederacy and early in the war offered her services as a nurse.
Among those who early espoused the Southern Cause, few, perhaps, were more in earnest than my husband and myself. Our patriotism was at the very outset put to a crucial test. The duties of a soldier and a civilian became incompatible. Being in ill health, it was thought best that I should go to my mother at the North for awhile. My husband, after preliminary service with the "Minute Men" and the State troops, as a member of Company A, Crescent Bifles, was, with this company, regularly mustered into the Confederate service in April, 1861, and left for Pensacola, Florida, where the Crescent Rifles, with the Louisiana Guards, Orleans Cadets, Shreveport Guards, Terrebonne Rifles, and Grivot Guards, were organized into the Dreux Battalion. It was then supposed that " the affair" would be "settled in ninety days."
From my house of refuge I watched eagerly the course of events, until at last all mail facilities were cut off, and I was left to endure the horrors of suspense as well as the irritating consciousness that, although so journing in the home of my childhood, I was an alien, an acknowledged "Rebel," and as such an object of suspicion and dislike to all save my immediate family.
"My whole heart and soul went out toward the sick soldiers. My days were mostly spent in visiting the hospitals.
To "the boys who wore the gray," whether the lofty or the lowly; equally to the surviving heroes who stand befor the world in the light of glory never surpassed, and to the martyrs whose patriot blood and sacred graves have forever sanctified the land they loved, these "memories" are respectively and lovingly dedicated.
Fannie Beers, Memories: A Record of Personal Experiences and Adventures during Four Years of War, 1889, (by Mrs. Fannie A. Beers, 1891).