What do nuns, the Civil War and Ireland have in common? Check out this obscure DC monument to find out

Matt About Town: Nuns of the Battlefield Memorial

It’s a D.C. monument that could be deemed “obscure” on name alone.

In today’s edition of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax heads to M Street Northwest to learn about the patriotic and prayerful story behind the “Nuns of the Battlefield” Memorial.

The monument commemorates the service of Irish Catholic nuns who worked on the battlefield as nurses during the American Civil War, and was erected just before WWI, at a time when the patriotism of Irish Americans was questioned.

It served in part as a statement of loyalty and support for troops, but the story took an interesting turn when fiery Irish Catholic artist Jerome Connor (selected to build the statue), clashed with his benefactors and the Commission of Fine Arts.

Check out the video of Matt’s up-close and personal tour of the monument where he found out it wasn’t quite perfect peace and harmony in the end.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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