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Capt. Sally Tompkins statue left out of Voices in the Garden

In 2017, members of the Virginia Capitol Foundation came to Mathews County to ask local residents to donate funds to create a bronze statue of Captain Sally Tompkins to go on the then-proposed Virginia Women’s Monument: Voices in the Garden.

Donate they did. The little Mathews community raised $200,000 to pay for the life-sized statue, one of 12 to be built by Ivan Schwartz of the prestigious StudioEIS in Brooklyn, New York. One local resident gave a whopping $100,000 toward the statue. Her name is listed as one of the 22 lead donors for the monument statewide.

In May of this year, it was announced that the final two statues had been added to the monument, for a total of 11 statues. Sally Tompkins was not one of them.

Who was Capt. Sally Tompkins?

Capt. Sally Tompkins was a nurse and the only female cavalry officer commissioned in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. She received her commission in 1861 when all private Confederate hospitals were ordered to be closed,...

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