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 Fannie Battle

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Fannie Battle

  • Original Name Mary Francis
  • Birth 1842 USA
  • Death 24 Sep 1924
  • Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 9045551

Confederate spy and social reformer. While Nashville was occupied by Union forces, she was one of many female spies who obtained a pass and visited town often to gather information. She and her sister were discovered smuggling documents, and were sent to prison in the former Tennessee State Penitentiary, and then later to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC. She was released after the war, and returned to Nashville, where she taught at several schools from 1870 to 1886. She helped form a relief society for Nashville, to help victims of floods, as well as other homeless and poor people, and served as its treasurer. In 1891 she established the first daycare in Nashville, which is still running and now called "The Fannie Battle Day Home for Children."

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  • Originally Created by: kimshockey (reb)
  • Added: 5 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9045551
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fannie Battle (1842–24 Sep 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9045551, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .