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Sally Louisa Tompkins (November 9, 1833 – July 26, 1916) was a humanitarian, nurse, and philanthropist who privately sponsored a hospital to treat soldiers wounded in the American Civil War. When Confederate President Jefferson Davis instituted regulations requiring military hospitals be under military command, he commissioned Tompkins as a captain so that she could continue her work. She was the only woman officially commissioned as an officer in the Confederate States Army.[1][2]


  1. Maggiano, Ron. "Captain Sally Tompkins: Angel of the Confederacy". Organization of American Historians Magazine of History Winter 2002 issue. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  2. "Sally L. Tompkins". Ohio State University eHistory. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 

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