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George, Eliza E. Hamilton


Age: 0, credited to Bridport, VT
Unit(s): Nurse, USV
Service: Nurse, "Fort Wayne's Angel of Mercy," d/dis 5/9/65, typhoid fever, Wilmington, NC

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Birth: 10/20/1808, Bridport, VT
Death: 05/09/1865

Burial: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN
Marker/Plot: Section H, Lot 33
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dave & Julie Buckmaster
Findagrave Memorial #: 19737867


Alias?: Hamilton, Eliza E.
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Born Eunice Eliza Hamilton, daughter of Robert and Polly Hamilton


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Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN

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Eliza Hamilton "Mother" George

(Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana History Center)

After faithfully aiding with her friendly hands, and cheering with her Christian & motherly voice the sick and wounded soldiers of our army on the march, battlefield, and in the hospitals for over three years, the heroine fell at her post, honored and loved by all who knew her.

Eunice Eliza Hamilton, affectionately called "Mother" George by those she cared for, was born October 20, 1808 in Bridport, Vermont. Married to W.L. George, she and her family made their way to Fort Wayne, Indiana before the Civil War. The suffering our soldiers endured during the Civil War prompted "Mother" George to act. She became a Union Nurse at the U.S. Army Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on April 28, 1863. Her epitaph above describes the extent of her dedication over the next two years, having cared for soldiers on the march, on the battlefield, and in hospitals. "Mother" George died on May 9, 1865 from disease contracted while nursing sick soldiers in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana with full military honors.

Contributed by Heidi McColgan

See also the article at Infoplease and Mother George: Fort Wayne's Angel of Mercy by Hilary A. Sadler, 1964.

Monument to Mrs. Eliza E. George

A beautiful monument was erected at Fort Wayne in 1866, by the citizens of that city, to the memory of Mrs. Eliza E. George, whose patriotic services in behalf of our sick and wounded soldiers will be long and gratefully remembered. The Fort Wayne Gazette gives the following description of the monument:

"It is made of the finest white marble, and based upon solid mason work of lime and stone, four feet deep underground. The base is three feet four inches square and sixteen inches thick. The sir-base is thirty inches square and fourteen inches thick. The die is twenty-two inches square and twenty-four inches high; the cap or moulding above the die, twenty inches square and seven inches thick; and the spire five feet four inches high, tapering to the top in fine proportion, and crowned with an urn of incense. The total height of the monument above the sod is twelve feet and four inches.

"The lettering and carving are very finely done. On the second or sir-base, east front, the name of Mrs. George is cut in relief. On the die is a design intended to commemorate her labors among our sick and wounded soldiers, devised, we understand, by Solomon D. Bayless, Esq. It is a scene near Kenesaw Mountain, where, as many a poor soldier will remember, Mrs. George was most active in her labor of love. A wounded soldier sits near the door of a hospital tent, leaning against a tree, with his cup and canteen by his side. Over the campfire are the kettle and coffee pot. The nurse is passing from the fire with a cup of smoking coffee to the soldier, who extends his hand to receive it. On the spire is cut a bouquet of flowers. On the south front are the following inscriptions:

Ladies Aid Society of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"These inscriptions are very plain and prominent, and appropriate as these societies rendered Mrs. George invaluable aid in her mission of mercy. On the north front of the die is the following inscription:

Born at Bridport, Vermont, October 20, 1898.
Died at Wilmington, North Carolina, May 9, 1865.

"After faithfully aiding with her friendly hands, and cheering with her Christian and motherly voice, the sick and wounded soldiers of our army on the march, on the battlefield, and in the hospital, for over three years, the heroine fell at her post, honored and loved by all who knew her."

W. H. H. Terrill, Adjutant General. Indiana in the War of the Rebellion. (Indianapolis: Douglass & Conner, Journal Office, Printer, 1869), pp. 684-5.

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