Eugenia Washington

Eugenia Washington was born on June 24, 1840, near Charlestown in current West Virginia. She was the daughter of William Temple Washington and Margaret Calhoun Fletcher. In 1859, when she was nineteen years old, the family moved to Falmouth, Virginia. Her mother died around this time and her father was disabled. He relied on her as his primary caretaker. The Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 was inevitable so she wanted to leave there to get her father to a safer place. However, she was delayed because a wounded federal officer was brought to her door and placed in her care while he waited for a surgeon. By the time she could leave, the battle had already begun so she and her father were caught on the battlefield. She found shelter for them in a small trench left by a cannon. It was not safe enough for them to leave this spot so they witnessed the entire battle from the trench. Miss Washington’s experiences that day reportedly inspired her to assist women from both the North and the South in the cause of preserving their shared heritage through the founding of DAR. 
Miss Washington was eventually offered a government position with the post office department. It was then that she and her father moved to Washington, DC. She was attractive and known lovingly as “Miss Eugie.” It is said that she always received a great deal of attention wherever she went. Eugenia Washington died at her home in Washington on Thanksgiving Day, November 30, 1900.


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