Women of the War


Matilda (Tillie) J. Pierce

Born: March 11 1848 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Died: March 15 1914 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

   She was 15 at the time of the battle, and had lived her entire life in Gettysburg.Her father was a butcher, and the family lived at the corner of South Baltimore and Breckinridge Streets. Tillie was attending the Young Ladies Seminary, a finishing school near her home. In spite of her tender age of fifteen, Tillie Pierce assisted in nursing the wounded soldiers over the next several days. She had two brothers James and William and one sister Margaret. She wrote an account of her experiences during the battle. "At Gettysburg, Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle" is still in print today.

Note: She would become known as the voice of the civilian side of this most important Civil War battle.

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