Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
McKinney, William, Mrs.
Mrs. Cordelia A. P. Harvey, pp. 47-49 PDF (570.3 KB)
him to establish a hospital at that place. After visiting Memphis Mrs. Harvey inspected hospitals at Corinth, Jackson and La Grange. About April 1st she was over- come by the Miasma and was obliged to return north where she recovered her health. On her return trip south she visited Washington and obtained from Abraham Lincoln permission to establish a hospital in Wisconsin for convalescing soldiers. Although Mrs. Harvey was the Sanitary Agent for Wisconsin she paid little regard for the state lines and her work may be truly regarded as National. When she returned from the south in 1865 she brought with her six or seven orphans of the War, whom she had found there, not inquiring on which side their fathers fought. Soon after this she established a Sol- diers Orphans Home in Madison which was in existence until 1874, when the state feeling the need for retrench- ment, closed the institution. * * * * Mrs. Harvey at one time lived in Fort Atkinson and taught a class in the Congregational Sunday School. She is still re- membered by some of her scholars as a little woman with a sweet face hid under a small bonnet with a long widow's veil; a loving personality, quick, keen and jolly. This information obtained from Millie C. Brandel. Mr. G. H. Pounder, Fort Atkinson soldier in the Civil War, relates this experience. He with a number of other men were ordered to Missouri to fill up the depleted ranks of the Wisconsin Company, and were sent by mistake to Mississippi. They tried and tried to get back but all efforts failed until they wrote to Mrs. Harvey. In a very short time Mrs. Harvey was able to do what the Generals had not succeeded in get- ting done. She had the rank of Colonel given her by Presi- dent Lincoln. Florence Dexheimer. 49
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