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Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember managed a hospital through the chaos of the Civil War and left an account of her life that offered a window into daily life for Jews in Southern high society.

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember given charge of Confederate military hospital

November 29, 1862

In a letter, Phoebe Yates Levy Pember informed her sister that she was about to become a top administrator at the Confederacy's largest military hospital.

Birth of Confederate nurse Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

August 18, 1823

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, who gained fame as a Richmond nurse during the Civil War, was born.

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember

The life of Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, Confederate administrator of Chimborazo Hospital outside Richmond, Virginia, in many ways epitomizes the high level of acculturation, regional identity, and acceptance into Christian society that characterized second- and third-generation southern Jews in the nineteenth century.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Phoebe Yates Levy Pember." (Viewed on January 21, 2018) <>.


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