Contributed by Susan
Description: Civil War Nurse Visits Frederick: Mrs. Lucretia Davis, Washington, Tells of War Scenes
Newspaper published in: Frederick, Md
Civil War Nurse Visits Frederick
Mrs. Lucretia Davis, Washington, Tells of War Scenes
A civil war nurse in Frederick and an acquaintance of BARBARA FRITCHIE, whom she remembers as "a good old union lady," Mrs. LUCRETIA DAVIS, of Washington, DC, is spending a few days here, recalling the scenes of her girlhood and incidentally doing a little campaign work for Senator O. E. WELLER for re-election. That she favors the republican cause could be judged by her proud remarks concerning the activities of the patriotic organizations to which she belongs. She tells with much pride that her husband, the late JOHN H. DAVIS, helped to prepare the body of ABRAHAM LINCOLN for burial. He was an assistant in an undertaking establishment in Washington at the time of the assassination.
Mrs. DAVIS was before marriage Miss HAMILTON. Her husband died about 25 years ago. She was born in Baltimore and moved to Frederick when one year of age. She lived here during the period of the war and went with relatives to Washington to live in 1867.
She volunteered as a nurse at the time of the Battle of Monocacy and was stationed at the old Fairgrounds, which were then at present location of the Maryland State School for the Deaf. She was then 15 years of age. Mrs. DAVIS received a pension for services rendered during this critical time. The hospital where she nursed was in the old barracks.
She recalls very interestingly how the troops passed through Frederick when BARBARA FRITCHIE displayed her intense loyalty to the Union, and Mrs. DAVIS tells how she hastened to her home to avoid any troubles with the soldiers, and climbed over a back fence to reach her home, which was on "Jail" street or West South Street.
The last time Mrs. DAVIS visited Frederick was about 20 years ago when her mother, Mrs. CATHERINE HOOPER died. She is related to the HAMILTON family at Pearl, whom she plans to visit before returning to Washington.