Lizabeth Turner Monument
The Woman's Relief Corps (WRC) played an integral role in preserving the historic landscape of Andersonville. Also integral to their work was the leadership of Mrs. Lizabeth Ann Turner. Mrs. Turner spent much of the Civil War helping sick and wounded soldiers in Boston, Massachusetts. After the war she turned her efforts to aiding veterans and honoring their sacrifices at places like Andersonville. In 1895, Mrs. Turner was elected National President of the Woman's Relief Corps. During her administration she was an advocate for Andersonville, and also supported sending American flags to the South to ensure that children would love "Old Glory."
The monument was dedicated on June 27, 1908. At the dedication, Sarah D. Winans, Chairman of the monument committee, said: "No woman in America ever sought more loyally to serve the Grand Army of the Republic and the survivors of the great War of the Rebellion than she whose memory we thus honor. Her place in history and in the hearts of all who knew her is forever secure."
Did You Know?
The earliest commemorative service in the National Cemetery was held on Emancipation Day, January 1, 1869. Teachers and students of the Freedman's school, along with the Rev. Dr. Hamilton Pierson held memorial services and superintended the decoration of the the National Cemetery.