A useful institution
A letter form Lane’s Brigade, Army of North Virginia, gives the following account of a shoe-shop just established by General Lane. The example should be universally followed. Indeed it is surprising that every Brigade, and even Regiment, has not had its shoe-shop, soap factory, &c.
Liberty Mills, Va, Feb’y 6
“The General has had a Brigade shoe-shop built, shoemakers detailed form the regiments, and the necessary tools made in camp. The lasts, (some of them as handsome in finish and shape as those made in yankeedom,) awls, pinchers, pegs, and hammers, are all the work of our own artificers. The monotonous noises of the shoe-shop, unpleasant ordinarily, become sweet sounds in camp – for they make you think you are not in camp – and the music of the cobblers’ hammerings is added to the martial strains of Col. Avery’s fine brass band and the humdrum notes of a country darkey who “picks” his camp-made banjo, near our headquarters each night, from sunset ad infinitum. The shoe establishment – the whole affair having been gotten up under the immediate supervision of Capt. Nicholson, AIG – commenced operations this morning, and it is amusing to see the variety of funny-looking things – called shoes, by courtesy – which have been brought up, in every stage of dilapidation, to be made as good as new.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, February 15, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org