Temms was captured on her farm in Calhoun, in late 1864, during General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” campaign. She allegedly alerted the Confederacy that the Union was fast approaching, which prompted her capture and imprisonment.
Temms was imprisoned and died in a Union prison in Lousiville, Ky. At her dying request, she said, “Bury me with my people,” which is how she was buried amongst the Confederate soldiers in Cave Hill Cemetery. Her marker even reflects this last sentiment.
Today, Temms’ headstone stands weathered from nearly 150 years of acid rain and pollution, rendering the stone virtually unreadable, however the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation is asking for donations to replace the historical headstone.
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