Eden in Rockingham County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Annie Eliza Johns
“Florence Nightingale of the South”
Anne “Annie” Eliza Johns, volunteer nurse, poet, teacher, and author of Cooleemee, A Tale of Southern Life, is buried here with her family in the Church of the Epiphany Cemetery. She was born in Pittsylvania Co.,Va., on July 16, 1831. Her father, Dr. Anthony Benning Johns, moved the family here to Leaksville in 1835. In 1846, Annie Johns attended the Edgeworth Female Seminary in Greensboro, N.C. The Right Rev. John Johns, who later administered the oath of office to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, confirmed her in the Episcopal Church on November 3, 1851.
Johns rose to fame as a nurse during the Civil War. In April 1862, Dr. James Cabell, surgeon in charge of the newly established Confederate hospital complex in Danville, Va., offered her the position of chief matron. She instead became assistant matron, superintending the hospital’s clothing and bedding. Besides her assigned duties, she ministered to the sick and wounded patients, read to them, wrote letters for them, and did her best to make them comfortable. She and her fellow nurses urged authorities to provide better transportation for the wounded and furloughs for recuperating soldiers. When a hospital was constructed in the winter of 1863-64 for Union prisoners, Johns volunteered her services there as well and remained to care for them after
Johns lived in Leaksville for the rest of her days, a dedicated member of the Church of the Epiphany. She died on October 22, 1889.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 29.574′ N, 79° 45.995′ W. Marker is in Eden, North Carolina, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Moncure Street and Henry Street, on the left when traveling east on Moncure Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the churchyard of the Church of the Epiphany. Marker is in this post office area: Eden NC 27289, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Land of Eden” (approx. ¼ mile away); “River boat Men: Dan River, 1792 – 1892” (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named “Land of Eden” (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Land of Eden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Luther H. Hodges Leaksville Landing (approx. half a mile away); Dan River (approx. half a mile away); Leaksville Cotton Mill (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eden.
More about this marker. A portrait of Anne “Annie” Eliza Johns appears at the lower left of the marker, and a picture of “Confederate hospitals, Danville, Va.” is at the lower right.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.