Elizabeth took on the duties of her husband as the caretaker during his time away. Fighting during the war came right to the Evergreen Cemetery and the close surrounding areas. Elizabeth and her family were ordered to leave their home for safety. Once the fighting moved away from the area, the Thorn family returned to their home and found it almost completely destroyed. Possessions had been stolen, livestock had been taken or slaughtered at the Thorn home for immediate consumption.
Some soldiers were still at the Thorn home when her family returned and Elizabeth did her best to feed and care for them with the little food and supplies that had not been taken or destroyed. Once the soldiers left the Thorn home, Elizabeth was ordered by the military to start burying the soldiers who perished there. Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant at the time, however she still took on the duty she was assigned and by her self, dug the graves and buried 91 soldiers and 14 civilians.
Peter Thorn did return home in 1865 and lived together with their family until their deaths only months apart in 1907. Both Elizabeth and Peter are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in the historical section.