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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Mrs. Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey,   pp. 142-144 PDF (606.6 KB)


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hospitals at Benton's Barracks and Fifth Street. After-
wards she proceeded to Cape Giravdeau, ministering to
the sick and dying soldiers being brought in from the
swamps and the river hospital boats. Day by day she
visited every sufferers' cot, bringing to them fresh flowers
and hope and comfort. She induced the Western Sani-
cary Commission to send to her comforts that were suit-
able to sick and wounded soldiers.
    Mrs. Harvey visited Wisconsin where she interested
the women and directed their work for the soldiers. In
October, she revisited the hospitals. After returning to
St. Louis November 1st, the surgeon in charge commend-
ed her work so highly to Governor Solomon that General
Curtis gave orders that she was to have all needed sanitary
articles and all transportation free to visit all general hos-
pitals in his command and all regimental hospitals. Mrs.
Harvey bore this document in person to President Lin-
coln. He sent it to the secretary of State with these
words written on the back of the letter: "Admit Mrs.
Harvey at once and listened to what she has to say." Sec-
retary Stanton could not then give her an answer.
Twenty-four hours later an order was issued establish-
ing convalescent camps, the Harvey Hospitals at Mad-
ison, Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien.
    Mrs. Harvey was the originator of the establishment
of the Wisconsin Soldiers' Orphans Home at Madison in
1866. Mrs. Harvey was superintendent until May, 1867.
    Wisconsin Women of the War gives account of
many touching events in connection with her work as
Army Nurse. She inspected Hospitals in Corinth, Jack-
son, and LaGrange. In Vicksburg she induced General
Grant to have all sick soldiers sent to a northern camp.
At Young's Point, near Vicksburg, Mrs. Harvey became
ill and returned to Madison until fully recovered.
     She again visited the hospitals on the river as far
down as New Orleans, making Vicksburg the center of
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