Cordelia A.P. Harvey

Cordelia A.P. Harvey (HMOB3)

Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 Kenosha County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 31.339', W 87° 56.994'

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Wisconsin women rallied to support the Union during the Civil War. They became nurses, hospital matrons, sanitary agents, and ministers. Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey attained national prominence for her role in promoting convalescent aid for sick and wounded soldiers.

Cordelia had moved with her family to Southport (Kenosha) in 1840. She married Louis P. Harvey, who became governor in 1862. That April, Governor Harvey drowned while visiting Wisconsin troops wounded at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. Mrs. Harvey thereupon dedicated herself to improving conditions for hospitalized soldiers. She criticized military hospitals for improper sanitation, urging that disabled soldiers be sent northward to medical centers near their homes where care would be better.

In 1863 Cordelia Harvey met Abraham Lincoln and convinced the President to approve the establishment of recuperation hospitals in the North. The first of three such hospitals in Wisconsin opened in Madison. (The other two were in Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien.) The Harvey United States Army Hospital in Madison was redesignated the Wisconsin Soldiers' Orphans Home in 1866. It operated under Mrs. Harvey's direction until 1867, and it closed in 1874.
HM NumberHMOB3
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number305
Year Placed1991
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 421977 N 4708208
Decimal Degrees42.52231667, -87.94990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.339', W 87° 56.994'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 20.34" N, 87° 56' 59.64" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10519 120th Ave, Pleasant Prairie WI 53158, US
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