Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
They all did. And thank you, this Mother's Day. Some famous names whose deeds are well known have ' Mother ' in their bios somewhere in a final paragraph. Or we do not know they were mothers. If we could go back and ask, better believe those bios would be rewritten, and in a big hurry.
620,000 mothers lost sons from 1861 to 1865. Certainly, out of over half a million some who died had already buried her. With creeping up to three million mother's sons fighting the war, that many hearts constricted when news of battle reached distant homes. By war's end, all had paragraphs, not mere footnotes in History's long tome. We salute all of them.
Elizabeth Keckley, one of History’s less recognized geniuses. Not merely Mary Lincoln's dress maker, Keckely and Lincoln met because Elizabeth was already at the top of her game- dress designer ' to the stars '. Her story is incredible. Intensely private about her only child, a son lost to the war, scant mentions of him in her book reduce you to tears. Impacted History? From captive to Duchess through sheer talent, dignity and unimaginable, long hours spent year after painful year. Link to her own writing.
Dr. Esther Hill Hawks , armydoc. Dr. John Milton Hawks, husband.Graduated New England Medical College for Women in 1857. Abolitionists, headed Hilton Head providing medical care and running a plantation set up for freed slaves along the coast of South Carolina. She was contract physician in General Hospital Number 10, for black soldiers in Beaufort, South Carolina. Hawks cared for soldiers from the 54th Massachusetts after Morris Island . Post war, she opened a home for orphaned black children- which was also her school. These were her children.
And Happy, Wonderful Mothers Day From Ladies Tea.