Women of the War


Sarah E Thompson

Born: February 11 1838 - Greene County, Tennessee

Died: April 21 1909 - Washington, D.C.

   Sarah married Sylvanius H.Thompson and they had two children. In 1864, Sylvanius Thompson was killed by a Confederate soldier. Sarah Thompson continued her work for the Union, delivering dispatches and recruiting information to Union officers. She gave talks in the north about her experiences during the war. She died April 21, 1909 after being struck by an "electric car" in Washington, D.C., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Note: She worked through many temporary appointments in the federal government and eventually was granted a pension of $12 a month by order of a special act of Congress in 1897.

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