On This Day: Sally Louisa Tompkins - known as the ‘Angel of the Confederacy’ - is born in Virginia

On This Day: Sally Louisa Tompkins - known as the ‘Angel of the Confederacy’ - is born in Virginia
Sally Louisa Tompkins (Source: Library of Virginia)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On this day in history: Nov. 9, 1833: Sally Louisa Tompkins, a hospital administrator during the Civil War is born in Mathews County, Virginia. Tompkins was the only woman commissioned as a Confederate military officer, and became known as the “Angel of the Confederacy.”

Known for her kindness, Tompkins opened Robertson Hospital in the home of Judge John Robertson on Main Street in Richmond soon after the First Battle of Manassas to care for wounded Confederate soldiers.

You can learn all about her life and legacy in Episode 6 of Season 4 of the How We Got Here Podcast with the help of John Coski, a historian at the American Civil War Museum:

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