Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Emilie Hardin Helm (Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister) Widow of Confederate General Benjamin Hardin Helm.
Emilie Helm became very active after the war as a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). She also took part in many of the military reunions and was named “Mother” of the Orphan Brigade.
She served as postmistress in Elizabethtown from 1883 to 1895, having secured the post in a Republican administration with the aid of her nephew, Robert Lincoln. Helm later moved to a colonial mansion near Lexington once owned by her ancestor, General Levi Todd. She died there at the age of 93 on February 20, 1930.