Moment #007: Civil War Aid
POSTED ON: May 13, 2019
On April 29, the Women’s Central Association of Relief (WCAR) is founded at The Cooper Union to collect donations of items and funds for the comfort of Union soldiers. This would include training nurses to be deployed at military hospitals. Two months later the organization would be incorporated into the U.S. Sanitary Commission (USSC) as one of a number of federally-organized wartime relief efforts. Both the WCAR and the USSC would be dissolved in 1865.
Offices of the Sanitary Commission were located in the Foundation Building and quilt crafting for donating to Union soldiers was incorporated into the curriculum of the women's school. At least one such work survives.