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Mrs. Cordelia A.P. Harvey

Cordelia Harvey letters

Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey Chester


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Vocabulary:

appointed
sanitary
lobbied
convalescent


Interesting Fact:

During the Civil War, Cordelia Harvey had the rank of Colonel given her by President Abraham Lincoln.


Study Questions:

  • Why was Cordelia so concerned about the health of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers?
  • Where were the hospitals and convalescent camps located in Wisconsin?
  • What were the conditions like in the Civil War camps for wounded soldiers?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Cordelia Harvey:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on Sept. 21:

    1897: The New York Sun runs its famous editorial, "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
    1970: Monday Night Football debuts on ABC television.



  • September 21

    Historical Highlight

    September 1862: Cordelia A.P. Harvey, widow of Gov. Louis Harvey, was appointed "sanitary agent" by Gov. Salomon to look after the needs of Wisconsin soldiers in Missouri. She soon came to realize the need for better hospitals and care for the soldiers wounded in Civil War battles. She met with President Lincoln and lobbied for three hospitals and convalescent camps in Wisconsin. Lincoln supported her request.


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