Mary Anne quickly assesses what needs to be done and who needs attention the most. The men made fun of her by calling her the “two-legged cyclone” or the “cyclone in calico” but with busy hands and an open heart she takes charge scrubbing and cleaning everything in site calling these men, “her precious boys”. A surgeon who suffered her wrath of charges petitioned General Sherman to drop the charges. Sherman looked the Surgeon directly in the eye and said he could not because, “She has more power than I. She Ranks me! You’ll have to see the President Lincoln.” She became known as America’s Florence Nightingale.
She saw 19 hard fought-battles from Pittsburg Landing and all the way to the surrender of Atlanta. She saw more than 63,000 men on battlefields, boats and hospitals, establishing some permanent hospitals along the way. Mary Anne was attached to the departments of the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Armies. Her work continued serving the Union Army until 1866 when the last of the Illinois Volunteer mustered out at Camp Butler in Springfield and returned home. Her efforts continued as lecturer and campaigner for the Sanitation Commission and other relief organizations that served the unfortunate and the needy until her death on November 8, 1901 at the age of 84 at Bunker Hill, Kansas
(based upon archives)