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DAME, Harriet Patience, nurse, born in Barn-stead, N. II., 5 January, 1815. Her parents moved to Barnstead about 1797, and in 1843 Miss Dame went to Concord, where she resided until the civil war. She joined the 2d New Hampshire regiment as hospital matron in June, 1861, and remained with it until it was mustered out in December, 186,5. Miss Dame was inside the trenches at Fair Oaks, where she passed a dark night alone in the thick woods, the only woman in the brigade, caring for the wounded of other regiments as well as her own. She was on duty as nurse near the old stone church at Centreville while her regiment participated in the second battle of Bull Run. There she was taken prisoner, but was soon released. Miss Dame was appointed matron of the 18th army corps hospital in September, 1864, and had supervision of the nurses on duty. Of her services, General Gilman Marston, who was long colonel of the 2d regiment, said : "Wherever the regiment went she went, often going on foot, and sometimes camping on the field without tent .... She was truly an angel of mercy, the bravest woman I ever knew. I have seen her face a battery without flinching. In August, 1867, she was appointed to a clerkship in the treasury department, where she still remains. In 1886 she deposited $1,000 with a committee of the 2d regiment veterans to erect a building for headquarters for their encampment at Lake Winnipiseogee, New Hampshire.
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