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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

McKinney, William, Mrs.
Mrs. Cordelia A. P. Harvey,   pp. 47-49 PDF (570.3 KB)


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ther looked in upon him. He was still in sitting posture,
but headless; his head had fallen into his lap. Many
years later, we looked in vain for the burial place of the
old chief. Civilization had obliterated it.
    As I write, so many memories crowd into my mind
I hardly know which to record. But as my manuscript
is quite long, will put a period here.
        MRS. CORDELIA A. P. HARVEY
-         Author-Mrs. William McKinney
                    Fond du Lac
    Among the women whom the Civil War brought to
the front as leaders, such as Dorothea Dix, and Anna
Dickinson, Mrs. Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey from Wis-
consin deserves a place. In some respects she was a
National figure, one of the great army nurses whose
work was not limited by state lines.
    The early life of this remarkable woman did not
differ from that of other Wisconsin women of her day,
who spent their lives in small towns, busy with the daily
routine. She lived for many years in Kenosha, where
her father's family, the Perrines were prominent in the
decade of the forties.  There she taught school, and
there she was married to a school teacher, Louis P.
Harvey. They removed to Madison in 1859, when Mr.
Harvey's election as Secretary of State made his pre-
sence in Madison necessary. Mr. Harvey was a person
of strong personality and in 1861 the people of Wiscon-
sin elected him Governor. From the day of the firing
on Fort Sumpter both he and his wife showed a deep
interest in the Civil War.
    In the busy days which followed the first tall for
troops, Mrs. Harvey entered with enthusiasm into the
work for soldiers and their families.
    In the spring of 1862 Gov. Harvey went South in
order to learn whether the sick and wounded Wisconsin
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