Mother George – Civil War Nurse Historical Marker Plaque

By: kmom14

Apr 30 2014

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When I worked at the bank up the street I used to walk by this sign on my way to work but never noticed it until Marv pointed it out.

At 323 W. Berry Street (outside of what is currently Midwest Pipe and Steel) in Fort Wayne, Indiana is the above historical marker plaque that marks the home of Eliza “Mother” George, a civil war nurse who served on the front lines with General Sherman.

The inscription reads:

“Mother George
Civil War Nurse
— 1808-1865 —

The first Fort Wayne home of Mrs. Eliza E. George was near this spot.   At the age of 54 she helped make Civil War nursing history.   Mother George, as she was known to thousands of Union soldiers, served with front line troops in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.   Time after time, she braved Confederate gunfire to comfort the sick and wounded. Mother George died at her post in Wilmington, N.C. on May 9, 1865, a victim of typhoid fever contracted from returning prisoners.”

Below that it indicates it was erected in her memory by the Fort Wayne Civil War Round Table, May, 1965.

The two stories below from Essay on entitled “Mother George : Fort Wayne’s angel of mercy” that originally appeared in the The Indianapolis NEWS of February 6, 1901, tell of her compassion and dedication.

 “On one occasion she sat for 20 hours holding
a wounded soldier in her arms and applying ice to
stop the flow of blood from a wound. There was no-
body to relieve her, but once or twice when relief
was made available, the soldier begged so hard for
her to stay that she forgot her own weariness and ap-
plied the ice again.”

“On another occasion when the shells were fall-
ing in and around the hospital tent, she lifted the
wounded, one after another and carried them in her
arms to a place of greater safety”.

What an amazing woman who saved the lives of many and made the last hours of others more comfortable.

More information can be found on the following links:

Fort Wayne News Sentinal



Essay on


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