Elizabeth Thorn

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Gallagher: “And they had a United States government doing a lot of things. The women stepped in and did things . . . especially with the udc. I mean there’s a tremendous difference in that regard in terms of how memory and memorialization play out between the winners and the losers. Clinton: And a memorial to Elizabeth Thorn, who buried the dead at Gettysburg, was only built in the last decade maybe?”(35).

Note In July 1863, Elizabeth Thorn, mother of three and caretaker of the Gettysburg cemetery after her husband joined in the U.S. Army, buried 105 soldiers from the Battle of Gettysburg, with intermittent help, while six months pregnant. A seven-foot bronze statue of her, weary and pregnant, was created by Ron Tunison and dedicated in November 2002.

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