This is a historical, biographical sketch of one of the most famous women of the late 19th century. This booklet was originally written by Captain Tom Sillanpa of Annie Wittenmyer's adopted home town, Keokuk, Iowa.
Annie Wittenmyer started, with the help of the US Christian Commission, the first dietary kitchens in the Union army hospitals during the Civil War. She went on to start orphanages for the fatherless children of those veterans, of which the famous 20th century evangelist Billy Sunday was one.
She wrote several Christian hymns, which were sung in the church that the Sunday school she started with the wayward youth of Keokuk was instrumental in starting. She was the first National President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union; 1871-1879, and the first chaplain and second National President of the Women's Relief Corps; 1883 and 1889.
General U. S. Grant said of Mrs. Wittenmyer; "No soldier on the line gave more heroic service then she rendered." Lucy Shelton Stewart is quoted as saying; "To see the need, for her, was to see the remedy."
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