Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865   Mary Whitney Phelps ~ Tent #22 ~ Springfield, Missouri 

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Mary, Mary Quite ... The Life and Times of Mary Whitney Phelps

by Jerena East Giffen

This 88-page book (complete with an index), Mary, Mary Quite . . . . The Life and Times of Mary Whitney Phelps, 1812-1878, was written by Jerena East Giffen and published in 2008. It chronicles the life of a true Civil War heroine. Mary was a truly fascinating woman for her time. You will read about her involvement in the aftermath of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek – when she protected the body of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon (the first Union general to die in the Civil War) until his family could transport it to Connecticut for burial. For her work on behalf of soldiers

wounded in battle and for orphans of the Civil War, she was awarded a $20,000 appropriation from the U.S. Congress in 1866. She continued her work with orphans until there was no longer a need. The book covers her fascinating life from beginning to end.


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