*The following was excerpted from a Google search; Harriet Holmes + Civil War*
Harriet Holmes was a Civil War nurse at the Civil War hospital here in Montpelier, Vermont. She lived to be 102 years of age. She was born in Worcester, Vt. where she lived most of her life. Her husband, brother and father were all Civil War veterans.
Recently we found out that Harriet was not buried in the family lot. She was buried about 40 feet away in an unmarked grave, which was sunken in and being driven over by cars. (She outlived her husband and children.) We have two mable tablets engraved to put at her gravesite. One tablet will include normal family information, the other tablet will indicate she was the last known Civil War nurse in VT and that she was an Algonquin. The Sons of Union veterans and Auxilery to the Sons are planning a graveside ceremony to recognize her.
Harriet is my wife (Louise)'s great grandmother.
Floyd Blodgett, PDC, Commander
H E K Hall Camp # 28
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Journal of the (VT State)Senate
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
The Senate was called to order by the President pro tempore.
Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Stephen Berry of East Brookfield.
Senate Resolution Placed on Calendar
Senate resolution of the following title was offered, read the first time and is as follows:
By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,
S.R. 30. Senate resolution commemorating the dedication of the Harriet Hinkson Holmes Memorial.
Whereas, Harriet Hinkson Holmes, born in Worcester on July 28, 1843, was of 100 percent Algonquin lineage, and
Whereas, she resided her entire life in Washington County until her death in Northfield on August 5, 1945 at the age of 102, and
Whereas, with the outbreak of hostilities in 1861 between the Union and the rebellious states, the death of her infant son, and her husband's military enlistment, she volunteered to nurse wounded Vermont soldiers home from the field of battle, and
Whereas, for little, if any, compensation, she remained faithful to her nursing commitment until the hostilities ended in 1865, and
Whereas, Harriet was a proud member of the Montpelier Daughters of Union Veterans, and she is believed to have been the last living Vermonter who directly played a role in the state's gallant struggle to preserve the Union, and
Whereas, ever a humble person, Harriet never applied for a pension, and
Whereas, in 2001, her great-granddaughter Louise Blodgett, and her husband Floyd, discovered that Harriet had been denied a place in the family's lot at the Worcester Cemetery where her father Lyman and brother Calvin, both Civil War veterans, are buried, and
Whereas, they, further, learned that Harriet was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the nearby lot of the family of one of her sons, and
Whereas, in an effort to correct a longstanding historic injustice, and as a commemoration of the dedicated public service which Harriet gave to her state and nation, on Saturday, April 27, 2002, a special ceremony will be held at the Worcester Cemetery, where a double marble stone memorial will be dedicated in her memory, and
Whereas, the pageantry accompanying this dedication will be magnificent, as the planned program is to include a Color Guard of members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a speech that Professor Jay S. Hoar, the author of "Our Last Known Civil War Nurses", will deliver in Harriet's memory, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate joins with the descendants and many others who will be in attendance at the Worcester dedication ceremony in memory of Harriet Hinkson Holmes in commemorating her exemplary contribution to Vermont's role in preserving the Union during the Civil War, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Louise and Floyd Blodgett.
Thereupon, in the discretion of the President pro tempore, under Rule 51, the resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.
Harriet M Hinckson Holmes
7 28 1843 8 6 1945
Wife of Clark J
Last Known Civil War
Nurse in VT
Civil War style marker
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