Constance <I>Cary</I> Harrison

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Constance Cary Harrison

  • Birth 25 Apr 1843 Vaucluse, Frederick County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1920 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 18701024

A writer and Civil War diarist best known for her "Recollections Grave and Gay." In 1861, she and her cousins, Hettie Cary and Jennie Cary, sewed the first examples of the Confederate Battle Flag. She was courted by Confederate President Jefferson Davis' private secretary, Burton Harrison. They were married after the War. She persuaded her friend Emma Lazarus to donate a poem for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Among her more than twenty-five published works were the popular "Helen Troy" and "A Russian Honeymoon."


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 31 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18701024
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Constance Cary Harrison (25 Apr 1843–21 Nov 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18701024, citing Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .