Women of the War


Mary Ann Ball (Mother Bickerdyke)

Born: July 19 1817 - Mount Vernon, Ohio

Died: November 8 1901 - Bunker Hill, Kansas

   Mary Ann was Mrs. Bickerdyke and was living in Illinois. At a service there was a reading of a letter written by a man from Galesburg telling of the poor conditions of the military camp at Cairo, Illinois, where several hundred of Galesburg's men were stationed. The congregation prepared to send supplies for the men and suggested that Mary Ann Bickerdyke accompany them. Mary Ann agreed to take the supplies to Cairo. She devoted the next four years to the cause.

Note: A hospital boat and a liberty ship, the Mary Bickerdyke, were named after her.

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