Town of Volney Learns About Elmina Spencer

Elmina Spencer, Civil War Nurse

VOLNEY – On Sunday (May 5)  afternoon the town of Volney History Center was awestruck with the presentation of “Who is Elmina Spencer?”

Elmina Spencer, Civil War Nurse

Joyce Cook, dressed in period costume as a Civil War battlefield nurse, gave a riviting presentation of the life, disappointments and hardships of Elmina Spencer, 1819-1912.

In the War of the Wilderness, Spencer was hit by a grape shot.

The ball struck her over the right hip, (but) was prevented entering entirely by a whalebone she was wearing in her clothing.

The performance continued with her war efforts in caring for the wounded and awards.

The book “Elmina Spencer: Oswego’s Civil War Battlefield Nurse” by Joyce Hawthorne Cook is available at the Volney town hall, Rivers End Bookstore and Richardson Bates Museum in Oswego, Pratt House in Fulton and