An Angelic Nurse, a Vicious Battle, and the End of a Career

Cornelia Hancock
Cornelia Hancock

February 8, 1840: Cornelia Hancock, the Civil War nurse from Salem County known as the “Florence Nightingale of America” for her work, was born at Hancock’s Bridge. After the Civil War, Hancock became an educator and pioneering social worker. She lived a long, fruitful and socially useful life before dying in Atlantic City in 1927.

February 8, 1862: The 9th New Jersey Infantry became the first New Jersey unit engaged in a battle, as opposed to a skirmish, in the Civil War.  At the battle of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, the regiment charged through a swamp, gaining the 9th’s men the nickname “Jersey Muskrats.”  The Muskrats lost 9 men killed and 25 wounded in the fight. Among the dead was Captain Joseph Henry, the first New Jersey officer killed in action in the Civil War.

February 8,1991: The USS New Jersey was de-commissioned for the final time.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »