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