Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Southern Woman: Elizabeth Temms, Georgia Confederate soldier, asks for burial with her people

I read your blog regarding Mrs Temms because we were visiting Cave Hill cemetery today, September 18th, 2016 and saw her gravestone with her dying wish inscribed upon it. I have included her new tombstone as an attachment because I thought you would be interested in seeing it.
I actually found your blog by entering her name and quote into Google and it pulled up.
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to educate me about this woman.
--Kevin Potts

You are more than welcome, Sir and thank you.


For some reason, the Washington Times has taken down the link, but there is ample evidence elsewhere. Elizabeth Temms, Confederate soldier, “bury me wit...


 Georgia Confederate soldier asks for burial with her people 

The former Confederate soldier asked only one thing as death grew closer in a Federal prison in Louisville, Kentucky two years after the War had ended. The simple request, “bury me with my people” was apparently ignored by those in charge of the remains, who surely knew where “home” was.

No common soldier, the requester was ultimately determined to be one Elizabeth Temms, the wife of George W. Temms, a soldier from Gordon County, Georgia. She had dressed herself in a soldier’s uniform and left Calhoun in a volunteer company of a Capt. Kinman, which had  been raised in that county at the outbreak of the War. Apparently she was arrested by the Federal authorities on her own farm, and taken to the prison at 12th and Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky, where she would ultimately die.

Sherman’s march across the South was in full swing, and she learned that the enemy was approaching and was able to alert the Southern troops and attempt to thwart the advance. For this she was summarily seized along with others deemed spies, and thrown in prison.

Ice House Cell

Sherman disliked anyone who was a Southern sympathizer, and for Elizabeth Temms, he agreed she would be put in the old ice house of the prison. The well known Dr. Mary Walker was in the area, and the idea of segregating Mrs. Temms to the frigid ice house was said to have been Walker’s idea. Her death was attributed to pneumonia, doubtless from her cold surroundings, on October 1 or 2, 1867.

Since the War ended in 1865, there is no explanation of why she was still imprisoned two years later.

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