About the Author
Joyce Hawthorne Cook, retired public library director, is the editor of three books on local and New York State history.
“In her new book, Elmina Spencer: Oswego's Civil War Battlefield Nurse, Joyce Hawthorne Cook brings one of those previously unknown local heroes to the spotlight: Elmina Spencer - U.S. Special Agent, nurse, and confidant for Union soldiers. Cook’s diligent research has uncovered Elmina’s extraordinary contributions to Civil War soldiers and she shares them in this compelling narrative.”
- Jim Farfaglia, local author