KSMU: Antique letters and memoir, clinched at auction, reveal heroine’s determination after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

KSMU: Antique letters and memoir, clinched at auction, reveal heroine’s determination after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. “Mary Whitney Phelps, who was born in 1812 and who died in 1878, is one of Missouri’s Union female heroes of the Civil War, according to the Springfield-Greene County Library District. Rather than flee with other prominent Unionists after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, she stayed behind in Springfield to oversee General Nathaniel Lyon’s burial and to care for the wounded soldiers left behind during the retreat. Phelps’s letters and memoir are available for public viewing through the library district’s digital collection.”

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