Lucy was educated at the seminary at Ipswich, Mass.,
and was one of the first women to go into the field with the Union Army as nurse, Her work brought
her in touch with Clara Barton, with whom she occupied a tent for a time. As a girl she had been
presented to President Lincoln, who clasped her hand saying, "Daughter, I am right glad to see you."
Later, on the battlefield, she saw the wartime President again, talking to General Grant.
as a nurse Mrs. Bainbridge was known as Sister Ohio, a name
which came to her because she wore the succoring badge of
the Ohio Relief, and given to her by a Union trooper with
both arms wounded to whom she brought water and food. These
experiences on the battlefield and also her meeting with
Lincoln were described by her in her autobiography
Bainbridge was active in the development of foreign missions
and she also organized the women's department of the
Brooklyn City Mission Society. For a quarter of a century
she was superintendent of the woman's branch, New York City
Mission Society, of which, she was honorary president at the
time of her death.
Out of her
mission work here and abroad Mrs. Bainbridge wrote three
books, "Jewels From the Orient," "Round the World Letters"
and "Helping the Helpless in New York," which deals with her
efforts toward improving tenement conditions here.
(Taken from Funeral Notice from
the New York Herald Tribune, November 21, 1928)
Died in New
York City on November 19, 1928.