Anna Etheridge


Lorinda Anna "Annie" Blair Etheridge was a Union nurse and vivandière who served during the American Civil War.

Vivandière or cantinière is a French name for women attached to military regiments as sutlers or canteen keepers.

The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States fought from 1861 to 1865.

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She was one of only two women to receive the Kearny Cross.

The Kearny Cross was a military decoration of the United States Army, which was first established in 1862 during the opening year of the American Civil War.

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She was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame honors distinguished women, both historical and contemporary, who have been associated with the U.S. state of Michigan.


Anna Etheridge was born Lorinda Anna Blair in 1839 in Wayne County, Michigan.

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In 1860, she married James Etheridge.


At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Etheridge enlisted in 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, serving as a nurse and vivandière.

The 2nd Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Her desire to become a nurse stemmed from caring for her father before his death.

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Before the war, Etheridge worked in a hospital with a poor reputation for patient care, which she had attempted to improve.

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