University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The State of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

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

Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Eliza Chappel Porter,   pp. 77-80 PDF (753.8 KB)

Page 79

    In this connection, allow the writer to include in
the war service the work of Miss Pamela Hand who was
one of the first to be employed by the Freedman's Bu-
reau as teacher. She was less than twenty years of age
at that time. Mrs. Porter, on horseback, visited almost
daily their crowded camp at Fort Pickering.
    During her stay here, her daughter managed to visit
the camp at the Fort, which now had been rendered com-
    Mrs. Porter rode her horse to Shilo, distributing
texts and delicate food to sick soldiers. Corinth, Vicks-
burg, and Chattenooga, Savannah and Cairo were visited,
sometimes alone, sometimes with Mrs. Bickerdyke.
    Once while Mrs. Porter was ministering to a wound-
ed soldier, her own son rushed in and said, "Mother, I
am all right," and darted away.
    While these terrors were going on in camp, Mrs.
Susan Ross and Mrs. Bushnell of Beloit and their loyal
band of women, were preparing huge barrels of food,
even sending barrels of pickled potatoes to the soldiers
who were suffering with scurvy. Mrs. Porter made one
visit to Chicago. Great preparations were made for her
safety and letters of commendation were sent.
    In October, she witnessed the marriage of her sec-
ond son, Edward W. Porter, to Ellen H. Brown of Beloit,
daughter of the pioneer Benj. Brown, sister of Wm. F.
    In the last year of the war, the youngest son was
also now in the service.
    In 1872, Mr. and Mrs. Porter saw their son Henry
ordained. In 1879, all the family gathered to witness in
Beloit his marriage to Elizabeth Chapin.
    In a suburb of Austin, Texas, Mason Town, Porter
Chappell as a memorial to the Porters was dedicated to
the colored people July 1855.

Go up to Top of Page