Florena Budwin

Florena Budwin

Birth
Death 25 Jan 1865
Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 5959585 · View Source
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Civil War Figure. She was one of the first women to be buried in a National Cemetery under a female name; the first was in 1864. Sources state that she was Pennsylvania native who went to war with her husband, a Captain John Budwin, serving in the Union Army. During the Civil War, she was captured in mid-1864 and sent to POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia; her husband died at Andersonville or in battle when she was captured. There is no record of John Budwin buried at Andersonville or any name closely resembling his. As General Sherman marched into Georgia, she was transferred to South Carolina and died as a POW at the Florence Stockade. This was a prison camp which operated outside Florence, South Carolina from September 15, 1864 to February, 1865. The owner of a plantation adjacent to the prison allowed the dead to be buried in trenches on his property. It was mainly his slaves that built the stockade. Her identity as a female was only discovered by the prison physician shortly before her death; dressed in a worn Union uniform, she had been working as his "nurse" for several months caring for the dying. About twenty prisoners a day were dying from a combination of smallpox, yellow fever, hunger and exhaustion. Her cause of death was recorded as pneumonia while others say the cause may have been childbirth. She was buried in a marked grave among the trench burials that claimed the bodies of approximately 2,300 men. She kept a diary which documented her hardships in her own words. Her age was between 19 to 21 years old. A newspaper article telling her story, "The Grave of a Heroine," was published in "The Helena Independent" on June 24, 1890. It contained an interview from a Union soldier from a Pennsylvania unit who knew that there was a female POW at Andersonville. Researchers can not find documentation for a "John and Florena Budwin", and for this reason, it is thought her name was an alias. To add to the puzzle of her life, there is a grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania for PFC Charles Joseph Budwin, who died in 1961.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Originally Created by: Albert Ledoux
  • Added: 14 Nov 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5959585
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florena Budwin (unknown–25 Jan 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5959585, citing Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .