Today is another update I corrected the links that were here before and added one showing photos of the unveiling. I also added a note to clarify a reference to “this year” and decided the cities/battles should have the states with them so I added the postal abbreviations in quotes. I’ve been trying to add more women of Iowa to my blog posts so I’m glad to come back and re-visit Aunt Becky.
I’ve also added a new category to blog posts. It’s historic Iowa women. I’ve been trying to do more posts pointing out the many contributions of Iowa women and I finally decided it needed its own category. I’ll have to go back and add categories for previous posts.
“Aunt Becky” Young was well-known during the Civil War and her efforts to take care of soldiers led many of them to have such fond memories that when she died in in 1908 newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, carried the headline “‘Aunt Becky’ Dies” secure that their readers would know who they meant.
“Aunt Becky” was not her real name. She was born Sarah A. Graham in Ithaca, New York in 1830 and had been married to Abel O. Palmer before the war started, so she was known as Sarah Palmer during the Civil War. She served as a nurse during the war, but she resented being called Mother by the wounded men as was commonly done at the time by soldiers not knowing a nurse’s name. One of the soldiers said she looked like his Aunt Becky and she figured that was better than…
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