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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

S.R. 30. Senate resolution commemorating the dedication of the Harriet Hinkson Holmes Memorial.

Whereas, Harriet Hinkson Holmes, born in Worcester on July 28, 1843, was of 100 percent Algonquin lineage, and

Whereas, she resided her entire life in Washington County until her death in Northfield on August 5, 1945 at the age of 102, and

Whereas, with the outbreak of hostilities in 1861 between the Union and the rebellious states, the death of her infant son, and her husbandís military enlistment, she volunteered to nurse wounded Vermont soldiers home from the field of battle, and

Whereas, for little, if any, compensation, she remained faithful to her nursing commitment until the hostilities ended in 1865, and

Whereas, Harriet was a proud member of the Montpelier Daughters of Union Veterans, and she is believed to have been the last living Vermonter who directly played a role in the stateís gallant struggle to preserve the Union, and

Whereas, ever a humble person, Harriet never applied for a pension, and

Whereas, in 2001, her great-granddaughter Louise Blodgett, and her husband Floyd, discovered that Harriet had been denied a place in the familyís lot at the Worcester Cemetery where her father Lyman and brother Calvin, both Civil War veterans, are buried, and

Whereas, they, further, learned that Harriet was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the nearby lot of the family of one of her sons, and

Whereas, in an effort to correct a longstanding historic injustice, and as a commemoration of the dedicated public service which Harriet gave to her state and nation, on Saturday, April 27, 2002, a special ceremony will be held at the Worcester Cemetery, where a double marble stone memorial will be dedicated in her memory, and

Whereas, the pageantry accompanying this dedication will be magnificent, as the planned program is to include a Color Guard of members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a speech that Professor Jay S. Hoar, the author of "Our Last Known Civil War Nurses", will deliver in Harrietís memory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate joins with the descendants and many others who will be in attendance at the Worcester dedication ceremony in memory of Harriet Hinkson Holmes in commemorating her exemplary contribution to Vermontís role in preserving the Union during the Civil War, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Louise and Floyd Blodgett.

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PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

ATTESTED TO:

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David A. Gibson

Secretary of the Senate

DATE:_______________________