Martha G. Kimball
American Philanthropist and War Nurse
1840 – 1894 A.D.

Martha Gertrude Kimball, an American philanthropist and war nurse, born in Portland, Maine. She accompanied her husband, who was appraiser of captured cotton, to the front of the Civil War, acted as nurse during Sherman’s campaign in Georgia, and was appointed inspector of hospitals.

Acting on her suggestion, General Logan, as head of the Grand Army of the Republic, introduced the observation of Decoration Day.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.