I'll dig through my files to see if I can find it, but a quick search reveals that several books (the one the thread is referencing as well as at least one modern book) reference her as a first lieutenant. She obviously was not a first lieutenant, and to the best of my recollection she was the source of the claim. She wrote the War Dept.
Emily P. Beeler was born in 1860, probably in Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky, the daughter of Christopher and Mary E. Beeler. Emily Beeler became a kindergarten teacher, perhaps because she aspired not only to teach children, but also to lead an independent, autonomous, and useful life as a single woman.
Just saw this notice come by about the fabulous new book from University Press of Kentucky— using his own translations from French of the letters among the fascinating Mentelle family...
The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky
“She was a tiny woman, as little and quick as a sparrow, with warm blue eyes
behind spectacles and a little sparrow colored bun of hair at her neck.
She was changeless and ageless.”
- Martha Gellhorn
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