George Augustus’ oldest child was Harriet Ward Foote, born June 25, 1831. Harriet married Joseph Roswell Hawley (1826-1905). Harriet is commemorated on one of the obelisks in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery but is buried with her husband in Hartford, Connecticut.
Joseph Hawley was the 42nd governor of Connecticut, a U.S. politician in the Republican and Free Soil parties, a Civil War general, and a journalist and newspaper editor. He served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was a four-term U.S. Senator. The biographical entry for him on the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center website mentions he was “a lawyer partnering with John Hooker in 1850, an associate editor of the Evening Press with Charles Dudley Warner, and a general during the Civil War.” When he married Harriet they settled in a rented cottage in Nook Farm, where Samuel Clemens and Harriet Beecher Stowe and other literary luminaries lived on the outskirts of Hartford.
The Stowe Center summarizes Harriet’s life: “Harriet Foote Hawley, a first cousin of the Beechers, married Joseph R. Hawley in 1855. During the Civil War Harriet became her husband’s confidential secretary and adviser, and the Seventh Connecticut Regiment honored her for her work. In the 1880s, the Hawleys moved to Washington, D.C., where Harriet served as president of the Indian Rights Association, which advocated equal rights for Native Americans.” In a biography of her, written by her friend Maria Huntington and her sister Kate Foote and published in 1880, there are full descriptions of the extensive nursing duties she took on during the Civil War in the various posts where she lived with her husband. Later during the war she obtained a nursing position at the hospital in Armory Square in Washington, D.C. In 1865 in Wilmington she joined her husband again and tended to many of the men who had been released from Confederate prisons. In the spring of 1885, the widow of her brother, C. Spencer Foote, died leaving four children. The youngest, Margaret Spencer Foote, was not quite four years old. Harriet and her husband, having no children, adopted her. Harriet died in 1886.