New Albany in Floyd County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lucy Higgs Nichols
Lucy, born a slave April 10, 1838, was owned by the Higgs family that by 1850 lived near Bolivar, Tennessee. She gained her freedom in 1862 by escaping to the 23rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers camped nearby. She worked as a nurse for the soldiers as they fought in many major battles of the Civil War. She mustered out with them in Louisville in 1865.
Lucy came to New Albany with returning veterans of 23rd Regiment. She married John Nichols, 1870. Lucy applied for pension after Congress passed 1892 act for Civil War nurses; she was denied. In 1895, Lucy and 55 veterans of the 23rd petitioned Congress; in 1898, a Special Act of Congress awarded her pension. Lucy was an honorary member of the G.A.R. She died 1915.
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Friends of Division Street School, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 38° 17.283′ N, 85° 48.763′ W. Marker is in New Albany, Indiana, in Floyd County. Marker is on East Market Street east of East 10th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the North side of the War Memorial
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Floyd County Honor Roll & Veterans Memorial ( here, next to this marker); Korean Conflict / Vietnam Conflict - Floyd County ( a few steps from this marker); Floyd County American Revolution War Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Floyd County World Peace Honor Roll ( a few steps from this marker); A Gateway to Freedom ( approx. half a mile away); Carnegie's Lasting Gifts ( approx. half a mile away); New Albany's Carnegie Library (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ); Memories of Division ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Albany.
Categories. • African Americans • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
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