Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins
Nurse, Confederate States of America
|Born at Jefferson County,
Virginia, May 7, 1818, she married Commodore Alexander Gordon in 1837 (he
died in 1849). She married a second time to Judge Arthur F. Hopkins in
1854. During the Civil War, she established hospitals in Richmond, Virginia,
in 1861 and established the Matron Alabama Hospitals.
She was once wounded while rescuing casualties at the Battle of Seven Pines. Her portrait appears on the 25-cent piece and the Fifty-dollar bills issues by Alabama in the Civil War. She was known as the "Florence Nightingale of the South."
Her second husband, who served as a justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was named State Hospital Agent in 1861, but it was the intent that she carry out those duties (sexism in the Civil War?).
She often went into the field during the War and the wound that she received at Seven Pines left her with a permanent limp. Robert E. Lee praised her work with the wounded.
She died while visiting her daughter in Washington, D.C. on May 9,
1890, and was buried in the gravesite of her son-in-law, General Romeyn
Beck Ayers (who had preceded her in death) in Section 1 of Arlington
National Cemetery. It was not until 1987 that a stone was erected
over the spot where she is buried.
HOPKINS, JULIET OPIE M/O ROMEYN BECK AYRES
Photo Courtesy of the Alabama State
Department of Archives And History.
Photograph By M. R. Patterson, October 2002
Updated: 16 December 2000 Updated: 12 May 2001 Updated: 13 October 2002 Updated: 27 May 2003 Updated: 6 September 2004
Updated: 17 December 2005