The R. M. Civil War Nursing Correspondence digital collection includes four letters written by R. M. Bigelow, providing documentation about the roles of women during the Civil War. The letters are dated from 1862 to 1866.
R. M. Bigelow, also known as Aunty Bigelow, lived in Washington D. C. and is known for nursing hundreds of sick and wounded soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. Not only did she care for soldiers in hospitals, but took them and many hospital workers into her small home. She is remembered for baking hot cakes and bread and cooking mush and milk for the soldiers. Mrs. Bigelow was an almoner for several lady’s aid societies which distributed vast quantities of supplies. She corresponded regularly with the societies and with many soldiers who had been under her care.