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Wisconsin Angel

Solem, Jane Walrath

ISBN 10: 0979024323 / ISBN 13: 9780979024320
Published by Hartington Press LLC
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Title: Wisconsin Angel

Publisher: Hartington Press LLC


Book Condition:Fine

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Wisconsin Angel
Historical Novel by Jane Walrath Solem

Jane is currently ninety years old, but wrote this story thirty-eight years ago.

Wisconsin Angel is a story about a nineteenth-century heroine of the Civil War, Cordelia Harvey. She was a woman of great determination and courage, who, for a noble cause, challenged one of the giants of history, Abraham Lincoln. The Civil War Troops named her their Wisconsin Angel.

She was married to the seventh governor of the State of Wisconsin, Louis Harvey, who began his term in office at the beginning of the Civil War in January 1862. After only two months in office, he drowned while trying to deliver medical supplies to the troops. To resolve her grief Cordelia followed in his footsteps becoming the first woman Sanitary Agent in the U.S. This gave her the authority to visit all the military hospitals in the South and to deliver much-needed medical supplies to them. During this process she saw the tremendous needs of the troops in her midst and resolutely expanded her responsibilities. She nursed, cooked, mothered, and prayed with the young troops. Also, she wrote letters home for them, held them as they died and worked tirelessly along with doctors to help save lives.

She clearly saw the need to build hospitals for the troops in their home states so they could be sent back there to heal and recover. She eventually took a petition to Abraham Lincoln from the parents of the Wisconsin Troops to plead with him to build hospitals in Wisconsin. She met with Lincoln five times and finally convinced him that he must build hospitals for the wounded and dying troops. She was instrumental in getting three veterans hospitals built in Wisconsin. One in Madison, Prairie du Chien and Milwaukee. This contributed to the growing need for veteran's hospitals. Cordelia Harvey was awarded the rank of Colonel by the U.S. Military.

After the war was over and the hospitals emptied, she brought three hundred orphans of the Civil War to Madison to start one of the first orphanages in the U.S.

The author, Jane Walrath Solem, became intrigued with the story of this amazing woman. Since she was working for a newspaper in Wisconsin, she decided to do a story on Cordelia. She began researching her life and discovered many incredible factual details in Cordelia s well-kept journals including the fascinating audiences with Lincoln.

The story she wrote was the impetus for Jane to write a book about Cordelia, but she was unable to find much information on Cordelia's early life. However, Jane was able to use her talent as a writer to fill in the gaps of her story. Also, the research she did on Wisconsin becoming a territory and then a state gave her insight into how people lived during the time of Cordelia's young life. Wisconsin Angel is a tribute to Cordelia Harvey and this astounding woman proves to us all that an individual can truly make a difference.

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Jane Walrath Solem's Bio
Jane Walrath Solem of Beloit, Wisconsin, is a 1941 graduate of Beloit College. She was a board member of both the Rock County and Beloit Historical Societies, alumni member of Beloit College Board of Trustees, member of the Wisconsin Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association.

She has been honored for her writing by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and the Wisconsin Press Association for weekly newspapers.

She was editor of the Clinton weekly newspaper in Clinton, Wisconsin for fifteen years and a feature writer for area newspapers writing under the byline Betty Walrath.

The 38 years since the completion of the book has not diminished any of the immense respect Jane had for Cordelia. She feels we all can learn from the example of this courageous woman whose determination and compassion saved so many young soldier's lives and helped her country during a time of great need.

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