Fairport Historical Museum Director, Vicki Masters Profitt, will present the story of Mary Jewett Telford, Civil War Nurse at 7 p.m. on March 19.
The presentation is free.
As the Civil War raged, Telford fought her own battle to become a nurse to the soldiers. Despite being turned away by Dorothea Dix and the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Telford persevered and was commissioned a nurse at Hospital No. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. This determination to help others led to a life of service.
In 1883, Telford became a charter member of the Woman’s Relief Corps, an organization dedicated to aiding Civil War soldiers and their families. By writing short stories, editing various publications and traveling the country speaking for temperance, Telford was able to support her husband Jacob Telford, a soldier who had been severely wounded at the battle of Stones River.
Telford’s service to others ended only with her death in 1906, but her legacy lives on in the veterans’ relief organization she helped to found.
Vicki Masters Profitt became acquainted with Telford in 2009 while researching the Civil War veterans of Monroe County. Proffit’s “Illuminated History” blog shines a light on the lives of these local heroes. Employed as the Director of the Fairport Historical Museum, Vicki also serves as vice-president of the Perinton Historical Society. Her first book, “Pittsford,” was released in 2013 as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.