SPRINGFIELD — Cordelia Harvey was a passionate Civil War soldier’s advocate who convinced Abraham Lincoln
Harvey was the wife of former Wisconsin Governor Louis Harvey who died visiting wounded soldiers near Shiloh during the Civil War. She traveled up and down the Mississippi River visiting Union hospitals and helping thousands of soldiers from Wisconsin and other northern states. During her travels, she became a firm believer for the need for hospitals away from the battlefields and the hot, humid South. She traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Lincoln who was opposed to the idea of northern hospitals. Through perseverance and determination, she was able to convince President Lincoln of the merits of northern hospitals.
The program will be hosted by musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo in collaboration with the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Learn more about the museum at: https://museums.kenosh a.org/civilwar/.
Viewers can watch and participate in the program for free on August 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page and YouTube channel. Reservations are not required, and the program is recorded for viewing after the premier.
“We are proud to host this series of Looking for Lincoln conversations. These live, digital pro- grams cover a range of topics that depict the life and times of Abraham Lincoln in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Few individuals have so profoundly influenced American history as did Abraham Lincoln. Millions around the world are inspired by the story of Lincoln’s rise from humble beginnings to President of the United States, his qualities of integrity and courage and his decisive leadership traits that carried a fragile nation through one of its most trying periods,” said Sarah Watson, executive director.
These programs are free and broadcast live on Looking for Lincoln’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and will end with a question and answer session with the virtual audience.
Looking for Lincoln Conversations is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition is the coordinating entity for the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. It is a partnership of organizations and individuals dedicated to enhancing the communities and landscapes of central Illinois through recognition and support of their significant natural, cultural and historical legacies. Few individuals have so profoundly influenced American history as did Abraham Lincoln. Millions around the world are inspired by the story of Lincoln’s rise from humble beginnings to President of the United States, his qualities of integrity and courage and his decisive leadership – traits that carried a fragile nation through one of its most trying periods.
For more information about the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, go to www.lookingforlincoln.org.