The Sister So Close To Archie’s Heart

Archie Van Orden carried this photograph of his younger sister, Martina, in his breast pocket, throughout the civil war. She was a reminder of the home and family for which he he was fighting to restore the Union. Her image was constant solace during war and wounds, watching over him in battles and imprisonment.

Martina Van Orden 1862

One response to “The Sister So Close To Archie’s Heart

  1. Robert Martin Van Orden

    Did you know that the Van Ordens owned a farm where the Herald Towers apartments are located ? THe area where the farm was is now called Herald Square . My middle name came from Martina . She is my great-aunt .

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