More on Baltimore civilians and Confederate wounded

Aug 23, 2021
As part of my project to document the role of surgeons at Gettysburg, I have been tracking references to nurses and volunteers, including Confederate sympathizers from Baltimore who came to nurse Confederate wounded Thanks to earlier posts on CivilWarTalk, especially Tom Elmore’s ( as well as diaries, letters, census and and other records, I have assembled this list as a working document. Feel free to add or edit. Most pro-Confederate nurses who came from Baltimore belonged to prominent families and often came in related family groups. Many of the women and their families were actively engaged in Pro-Confederate activities. Concerns about their loyalties and activities at Gettysburg were probably well-founded.

Plank Farm, Hood’s Division
Sisters, Melissa Baker (1814-1899) and Olivia Baker Warfield (husband. Jesse Lee Warfield, physician) (1816-1902)
Niece, Jane Baker Converse (1834-1925) (husband John Converse, Episcopal minister)
“Incidents and Personal Experiences on the Battlefield at Gettysburg”, by W. C. Ward, Company G, 4th Alabama, Confederate Veteran magazine, vol. 8 (1900), p. 349
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Gettysburg Town Hospitals (Seminary, College, etc.)
Mrs. Banks is either Martha Louise Loane ( Mrs. William Emett Banks) (1838-1919) or Mrs. Mary B. Loane (Mrs. Robert Tunstall Banks) (1825-1899).
Mrs. Parr is Annie G. Loane (Mrs. David Preston Parr) (c. 1824-1890)
Miss Grace (unidentified) is described by Liberty Hollinger as daughter of Mrs. Parr, although I have not found her in census records.
Mrs. Warrington is Mary Hughes (Mrs. Thomas J. Warrington) (c. 1820-1896)

The Loane sisters were all supporters of the Confederate cause and active politically. Robert Tunstall Banks served as mayor of Baltimore 1867-71. Mrs. Parr’s son, David Preston Parr, Jr., was arrested in conjunction with Lincoln assassination plot. The china shop operated by David Preston Parr, Sr. was reportedly used to communicate messages, etc. to Confederate spies.

Mary Warrington was arrested in August 1861 on suspicion of treasonous communications. She had at least 3 sons serving in Confederate Army in 1863. These women were among those ordered to leave in early August by Provost on account of their suspicious activities with wounded prisoners.

Liberty Hollinger (Mrs. Jacob A Clutz,) Some Personal Recollections of the Battle of Gettysburg 1925, Adams County Historical Society Citizen Accounts. She describes four ladies from Baltimore who stayed with her family-- Mrs. Banks, Mrs. Warrington, the other two were a lady and her daughter.
General Isaac R. Trimble Diary, Maryland Historical Magazine March 1922 vol xvii no 1, p. 13 --Mrs Parr, and Mrs Banks have orders to leave also Miss Grace dated August 6th.

College Hospital, Gettysburg
Margaret Branson (later Barnett) (1834-1914) operated a boarding house with her mother in Baltimore. She first met Lewis Powell (1844-1865) when he was wounded at Gettysburg with 2nd​ Florida Infantry and she later helped him escape from prison in Baltimore. He was one of the co-conspirators in Lincoln assassination plot and assigned to attack William H. Seward.
Fortenbaugh, Robert. “The College During the War.” In The history of Gettysburg College, 1832-1932 by Samuel Hefelbower, 178-229. York, Pa.: Gettysburg College, 1932.
Edward Steers, (2003). The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators. University Press of Kentucky.
Edward Steers, Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 2001, University Press of Kentucky

Mrs. Brown, is probably Clara Brune (Mrs. George William Brown) (1817-1919) Chaplain Peter Tinsley reports her visit to College Hospital July 17 with W.H. Ryan and Rayburn. Her husband, the mayor of Baltimore 1860-61, was removed from office and arrested for Confederate sympathies.
William H. Ryan listed as Broker in 1863 Baltimore Directory
Source: Peter Tinsley Diary July 17th​, Wheaton College, John and Joyce Schmale Civil War Collection

Mrs. Grogan (unidentified)
Miss McRea, (unidentified)
Isaac W. Smith is Isaac Williams Smith (1826-1897), surveyor and civil engineer with railroads. Studied at VMI with Stonewall Jackson; fled to British Columbia in 1861, returned to Virginia through Baltimore and served with Confederacy on defenses of Petersburg and Richmond in 1864.
Letter to M. Patton Esq from Isaac W. Smith, Baltimore July 24 reporting the death of his brother Col Walter Tazewell Patton at College Hospital July 21st.
Attended by Chaplain Morton, 23rd VA. Miss McRea and Mrs. Grogan of Baltimore who were nurses in the hospital.

Euphemia Mary Goldsborough (later Wilson) (1836-1896) served as a nurse from July 12 at College Hospital and later at Camp Letterman until mid-September. On her return to Baltimore she was indicted for treason, banished from the Union, and sent to Richmond, Virginia, arriving on December 4, 1863.
Eileen F. Conklin Exile to Sweet Dixie: The Story of Euphemia Goldsborough, Confederate Nurse and Smuggler.

McLaw’s Division Hospital, Bream’s Tavern (Black Horse Tavern)
Dr. Simon Baruch described two young women belonging to a historic Maryland family and adds that they were traveling with an English nurse. He is probably describing women in the Howard family. The two women could be sisters Alice Key Howard (1835-1879) and Ellen Key Howard (1840-1925) and their nurse Mary Lewis (1810-1902). Their father Charles Howard (1802-1896) was arrested and imprisoned for his role as a member of the Baltimore Police Commission following the Pratt Street riots of 1861. Their brother Frank Key Howard (October 25, 1826 – May 29, 1872) a grandson of Francis Scott Key, was the editor of the Daily Exchange, a Baltimore newspaper sympathetic to the Confederacy. He was arrested on September 13, 1861 for writing a critical editorial in his newspaper of Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and imprisonment of George William Brown, the mayor of Baltimore, sitting U.S. Congressman Henry May, all the police commissioners of Baltimore, and the entire city council.

Miss Nannie Howard, mentioned repeatedly by Chaplain Peter Tinsley is probably Ann “Nannie” Harrison (1834-1919), daughter of James Howard (1797-1870) and sister of Rev. Charles Ridgely Howard (1818-1859), a founder of pro-slavery Memorial Episcopal Church.
It is possible that the two women refer only to cousins Alice Key Howard and Ann Howard and not Alice's sister, Ellen Key Howard.

Lavinia or “Linnie” (unidentified) is mentioned frequently in the diary of Chaplain Peter Tinsley.

Miss E. Murray, mentioned Aug 4 and 7 in Tinsley diary. Chaplain William Burton Owen of 17th​ Mississippi (McLaws Division) brought $20 from her for Tinsley before he left Gettysburg. This may be Elizabeth Hesselius Murray (1832-1912) half- sister of Capt. William H. Murray(1839-1863) 1st​ (2nd​)MD CSA killed at Gettysburg, and brothers Alexander and Clapham who were also at Gettysburg. She was the daughter of Dr. Alexander John Murray MD (1783-1843) Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Ward, Patricia Spain, Simon Baruch: Rebel in the Ranks of Medicine 1840-1921,The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1994.
Simon Baruch, "A Surgeon's Story of Battle and Capture, Confederate Veteran, vol 22. 1914. pp 545-48
Peter Tinsley Diary, Wheaton College, John and Joyce Schmale Civil War Collection.

12th​ Corps Hospital
Sarah Ladsen Hutchins of Baltimore, (Mrs. Thomas Talbott Hutchins) (1838-1922)
Nursed Leonard W. Ives, 1st​ Maryland Battalion who was wounded July 3rd​ and died July 14th​ at Gettysburg in a field hospital, possibly 12th​ Corps. She was arrested Nov. 7, 1863 for attempting to smuggle a sword into Virginia.
Jonathan W. White, “All for a Sword The Military Treason Trial of Sarah Hutchins,”
National Archives, Spring 2012, Vol. 44, No. 1.