AMANDA STOKES GAVE MUCH OF HER TIME, TALENT AND EARTHlY POSSESSIONS TO THE UNION CAUSE. AMANDA GREW UP AS ONE OF SIX CHILDREN WHO RESIDED IN LEBANON, OHIO IN THE MID 1800'S. ENGAGED LATER IN LIFE, HER FINANCEE WENT OFF AS A UNION SOLDIER IN THE CIVIL WAR AND LOST HIS LIFE. THIS PROMPTED AMANDA TO SELL OFF HER TROUSSEAU AND OTHER VALUABLE POSSESSIONs TO FINANCIALLY HELP THE CAUSE. SHE THEN VOLUNTEERED FOR NURSING SERVICE WITH THE UNION ARMY.
AMANDA SERVED THE ARMY FOR THE BETTER PART OF FIVE YEARS. SHE WAS STATIONED AT CAMP DENNISON FROM 1862-1863. SHE ALSO SERVED AT STONE RIVER, MURFREESBORO, CHATTANOOGA, CHICKAMAUGAAND IN NASHVILLE WITH GENERAL HOOKER'S ARMY.
TOWARD THE END OF THE WAR AMANDA'S FUNDS WERE EXHAUSTED. GENERAL DURBIN WARD, AMONG OTHERS, WORKED HARD TO OBTAIN HER A PENSION. REMAINING IN SUPPORT AND SERVICE, AMANDA GAINED EMPLOYMENT AS THE MATRON FOR THE OHIO SaILORS AND SOLDIER'S HOME IN XENIA. OHIO WHERE SHE SPENT THE END OF HER YEARS HELPING VETERANS.
"Amanda considered herself a plain woman, and alway dressed simply in the fashion of the day. Her gentle firm hands gave themselves to the care of the sick and injured and her life was giving to her country as much as any soldier's dying on a battlefield. Her services should be recorded in letters of gold".
Mrs. Phillips. DUVCW, Ohio