The Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland ministered to both sides before and after the Battle of Gettysburg. This was amid expectations that the conflict would destroy their house and challenges in maintaining their students’ safety. Before the battle, the sisters provided food and a place to rest for the Union soldiers and the same for the Confederates after the Union army departed. They clothed, fed, and nursed members of each force after the battle. Such charity provided an antidote to anti-Catholic prejudice, which helped the sisters themselves when they were the defendants in a spurious trial after the war.
Beauchamp, Virginia Walcott Ph.D.
"The Sisters and the Soldiers,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol7/iss2/4