On July 3, 1863, as he lay dying from his wounds inflicted upon Little Round Top, Col. Strong Vincent asked for his wife. Elizabeth Vincent was home in Erie, Pennsylvania, seven months pregnant and in no condition to travel, thus unable to make the trip. Her father-in-law headed for Gettysburg in her place but did not arrive before his son died on July 7th. On September 29, 1863 Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Blanche Strong Vincent. Tragedy struck Elizabeth again, as Blanche died on September 20, 1864.
Though the 25 year old Elizabeth never remarried, she remained a part of the Vincent family, living with her brother-in-law, Boyd, and his family. Boyd, an Episcopal priest, helped Elizabeth find new ways to occupy her life. She became an inspiration to a large group of young people in Erie and was actively engaged in the life of the church, for as long as the family lived there. After relocating to Pittsburgh, she continued with her church and charitable work. Eventually, the family ended up in Cincinnati, where she continued with her church work, and also wrote a pair of books, Mary, the Mother of Jesus and The Madonna in Legend and Art. She also translated a pair of books, Behold the Man and A Day in the Capernaum, from German to English. She also cared for her younger brother-in-law Ward Vincent, who could not care for himself, for the rest of her life.
Oliver Willcox Norton, color barer of the 83rd Pennsylvania, who wrote extensively about Vincent and his Brigade on Little Round Top formed a friendship with Elizabeth that lasted the remainder of their lives. Norton had a son, whom he named after his beloved commander, and at some point Elizbeth gave Vincent’s ceremonial sword and scabbard to the young Strong Vincent Norton.
In December 1912, the elder Norton wrote to the now Bishop Vincent for advice. He was estranged from his son, and he no longer felt that his son was no a worthy recipient of the sword and wanted it to be given to the nation that Vincent had given his life for. The Bishop agreed with Norton’s suggestion and spoke to Elizabeth about it. She agreed, and in 1913 the sword and scabbard were donated to the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of American History. There is a second sword; Strong Vincent’s field sword is on display at the Watson-Curtze Mansion of the Erie Historical Society (read more about that here).
When she died in 1914, at age 76. In her will, she left Oliver Norton $250, “to be expended on the best cigars he can buy.”She is buried, next to her husband and infant daughter, in the Erie Cemetery in Erie Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth survived her husband by more than 50 years and never remarried. She remained a beloved member of the Vincent family as well a leader in the work of her brother-in-law’s churches in Erie, Pittsburgh, and finally Cincinnati. She organized charitable work, served as the superintendent of a Sunday school, and conducted art classes, as well as her accomplishments as an author. She remained an inspiration to those around her until the end of her life.
 Norton, Oliver Willcox, Army Letters 1861-1865, Dayton, OH: Morningside Press, 363.