Nuns of the Battlefield Memorial

A stone monolith with seated bronze nuns on either flank and a bas relief showing nuns.
Tucked among office buildings, the memorial recalls the service of nuns during the Civil War.

NPS / Nathan King

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Washington, DC

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Public Transit

Erected in 1924, this monument honors the nuns who nursed sick and wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. The winged figures on the sides of the memorial represent patriotism and peace.

Sculptor: Jerome Connor


Above the relief
They comforted the dying, nursed the wounded, carried hope to the imprisoned, gave in his name a drink of water to the thirsty.
Beneath the relief
To the memory and in honor of the various orders of sisters who gave their services as nurses on battlefields and in hospitals during the Civil War

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Last updated: December 4, 2020