The new PBS series “Mercy Street” had its season finale this past Sunday, so it’s a good time for fans of the show to do a little extra credit reading on the real-life stories of Civil War nurses.
“Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War” (Little Brown & Co., $27) by Pamela D. Toler tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Va., mansion turned Civil War hospital, and setting for PBS show (by the way, no word yet on a second season).
The book follows the lives of women like Dorothea Dix (ring a bell?), Mary Phinney, Anne Reading and others, before, during and after their wartime contributions, and discusses their personal contributions to the advancement of medicine.
The book features a foreword by Ridley Scott, executive producer of the PBS series.
If you’d like to win our copy of “Heroines of Mercy Street,” send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Sunday (Feb. 28) and include your mailing address. Please put “Mercy” in the subject line of your email to be included in the random drawing. Only winners will be notified.