This resolution was introduced by Congressman Ambrose Kennedy of Rhode Island on December 16, 1915, and then was referred to the Committee on the Library and ordered to be printed. In part it reads, “Granting permission for the erection of a monument in the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia to the memory and in honor of the members of the various orders of sisters who gave their services as nurses on battle fields, in hospitals, and on floating hospitals during the Civil War….Joint Resolution (fl. J. Res. 134) The monument was primarily pushed by Ellen Jolly. Jolly had spent ten years interviewing soldiers and collecting their stories on the sacrifices made by the Sisters as Civil War nurse. She became a tireless advocate for a monument to be built in their honor. Arguments among politicians ensued, debating where such a monument should be built. Although the first resolution was introduced in 1915, several more would be pushed through Congress and the monument would not be built and in place until 1924. An article from the Washington Star, September 20, 1924 described the unveiling, “The monument, which sits opposite St. Mathew’s Cathedral, was dedicated on Saturday, September 20, 1924, as part of a weekend-long meeting of Catholics from around the nation. One of the first speakers noted the poignancy of the fact that so many years had elapsed before the sisters were honored that not on who had nursed the Civil War soldiers remained to hear the tributes. Just then, reported The Washington Star, from out of the crowd of hundreds of nuns seated in front of the platform arose a ‘surviving nun of the battlefield’ who ‘walked stooped and with head bowed up to the platform to thunderous applause.’ After a hurried consultation, Archbishop Curley of Baltimore announced that the elderly nun was Sister Magdeline of the Sisters of Mercy. She received a long ovation . . . Then Jolly, proud to see her idea made real at last, slowly drew aside a huge American flag, revealing the monument. Sailors hoisted signal flags above the platform spelling out ‘faith, hope, and charity.’ A flock of white pigeons was released, and, as they soared upward, the ceremony ended.”
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