Raleigh Register, November 2, 1861
“We owe, Sergeant, a duty to our country; and we serve God and our country both, when we strengthen the hands of its defenders.”
“That’s a valliant speech, young lady, and it’s a noble speech,” said Horse Shoe, with an earnest emphasis. “I have often told the Major that the women of this country had as honest thoughts about this here war, and was as warm for our cause as the men; and some of them, perhaps, a little warmer. They could be pitted against the women of any part of the aqueous globe, in bearing and forbearing both, when it is for the good of the country.”—Horse Shoe Robinson.
The compliment paid by honest and brave Horse Shoe to the women of ’76 is eminently applicable to their Southern female descendants of the present day. In the struggle now raging for liberty, the women of the South are most nobly holding up the hands of its defenders. Although their sex forbids their appearance in battle, they in innumerable ways provide for the health and comfort of our soldiers on the battle field, and many a Yankee is made to stagger or bite the dust by a blow from an arm nerved with the consciousness that woman’s smiles will welcome the return of the victor from the battle field, or her tears bewail his death upon it.