Civil War figure. A Confederate sympathizer from New Madrid, Missouri she was sent to live with relatives in Columbus, Ohio, to protect her from the dangers of war. Although living in the north her sympathies for the South remained strong. Her brother in law was the caretaker of Camp Chase, a Union military prison located in Columbus. After the war, Union veteran William Knauss going against public opinion established the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery to help preserve the memory of many of the Confederate soldiers who died there. Briggs decorated the Confederate graves at a time when it was still unpopular to honor those who fought for the Confederacy. She became known as the "Veiled Lady of Camp Chase" because she wore a veil on her evening walks to the cemetery to help hide her identity. Her efforts helped keep the memories of these men alive.
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