|Birth: ||1832, Germany|
Civil War Figure. She and her husband Peter emigrated to the United States from Germany. They were married on September 1, 1855. Peter took over the duties of being the caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. The Thorn family occupied the gatehouse of the cemetery. In August of 1862, Peter enlisted in the 138th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and served for almost three years, leaving Elizabeth and her father to care for the cemetery and care for their children. Up till June of 1863, Elizabeth averaged five burials per month. Following the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, Elizabeth's duties became overwhelming. To make matters worse, she was six months pregnant. A daughter, who was born in November 1863. Peter returned from the war and resumed his caretaker duties until 1875. On November 16, 2002, a Civil War Women's Memorial was dedicated near the gatehouse of Evergreen Cemetery. The memorial depicts a tired, overworked, pregnant Elizabeth attending to her burial duties. (bio by: Bernadette Loeffel - Atkins)
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Originally Created by: Bernadette Loeffel - At...
Record added: Apr 26, 2005
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Added: Jul. 23, 2015
Rest in eternal peace hero of the Civil War. Thank You for your courage and commitment to the American Spirit.|
Added: Jul. 11, 2015
In memory of one of the strongest ladies of the Civil War. I can't imagine the physical and emotional demands of being a caretaker.Rest in peace, Elizabeth.|
Added: Jul. 2, 2015
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