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Harriet Ward Foote Hawley
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Born: June 25, 1831

Birthplace: Guilford Connecticut

Father: George Augustus Foote 1789 – 1878
(Buried: Foote – Ward Cemetery Guilford Connecticut)​

Mother: Eliza Spencer 1812 – 1908
(Buried: Foote – Ward Cemetery Guilford Connecticut)​

Husband: Brig. General Joseph Roswell Hawley 1826 – 1905
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford Connecticut)​

Married: October 25, 1855
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Life Role:

Cousin of the famous Beecher Family​
Secretary & Advisor to her husband during the war​
Honored by 7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment for her role as Secretary​
Every post her husband was stationed she worked as a nurse​
Nurse at hospital in Armory Square in Washington D.C.​
1865: Nursed the Former Prisoners of War at Wilmington N.C.​

Life after War:

1866 – 1867: First Lady of the State of Connecticut​
President of Indian Rights Association​
1885: Adopted her niece Margaret Spencer Foote​

Died: March 3, 1886

Place of Death: Washington D.C.

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Burial Place: Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford Connecticut
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May 8, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA
The Commodore of the Union's Mississippi gunboat fleet was Andrew Hull Foote, and the lieutenant colonel of the 112th NY Infantry, who came to command that unit for a time in 1864 before being mortally wounded at Drury's Bluff, was Elial Foote Carpenter (perhaps his mother was a Foote). So I am wondering if one or both of these men were relatives.