In recognition of Women’s History Month, it is paramount to highlight the stories of historic women in our Gettysburg, Adams County community who served their community, helping those around them during challenging times in our local and nation’s history. As we reflect on women’s history, we spotlight several women whose lasting legacies are told here in historic Gettysburg.

Elizabeth Thorn was a German immigrant to the town of Gettysburg and the wife of Peter Thorn, the Evergreen Cemetery caretaker. Despite being six months pregnant and her husband absent in the Army, Elizabeth was left with the harrowing tasks of burying soldiers and caring for the fallen during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, a monument depicting Elizabeth is located outside the Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse commemorating women’s contributions during the American Civil War.

Wayne E. Motts is president and chief executive officer of the Gettysburg Foundation. Visit the Gettysburg Foundation online at

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