Mary Ann Ball

Mary Ann Ball (HM87W)

Location: Mt Vernon, OH 43050 Knox County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 23.625', W 82° 29.117'

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"Mother Bickerdyke"

Mary Ann Ball was born in this vicinity in 1817 and began her nursing career at age 20. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Mary at the age of 45 went to the soldiers' aid. Ignoring rank, protocol, and allegiance, she pursued fearlessly and with inexhaustible energy her mission to care for the sick and wounded. Rebel, Union, and Negro soldiers all received the same attention. She risked enemy fire, especially through Grant's Western Campaign and Sherman's Georgia Campaign, to rescue suffering men, often going out at night to hunt for the fallen. When the victorious armies of the North were reviewed in Washington at the war's end, "Mother Bickerdyke" road her faithful white horse beside the generals and colonels. Veterans along the line of march gave her the loudest cheers.
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HM NumberHM87W
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number3-42
Year Placed1998
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Knox County Renaissance Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 12:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 373945 N 4472520
Decimal Degrees40.39375000, -82.48528333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 23.625', W 82° 29.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 23' 37.50" N, 82° 29' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)740, 419
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40-51 Public Square, Mt Vernon OH 43050, US
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