An Energetic Young Lady
A correspondent of the Charlotte Bulletin relates an instance of energy and determination in a young lady, such as many a being that wears pants would be incapable of. Miss Mary ____, a young lady, who has been tenderly raised, unaccustomed to labor and hardships, left a village in South Carolina for the purpose of brining away from a mountain town of our State (liable to yankee and tory raids) her widowed sister and children, the husband and father having been killed in Virginia nearly two years ago. At a station on the Western railroad she could find no conveyance, so she walked 18 miles over the mountains, had her sister’s household goods packed and conveyed back across the mountains to the station, and arrived, all safe and sound (save blistered feet) in Charlotte, having traveled in four or five days a distance of 400 miles, bringing her sister and little ones to a place of more safety.
“Talk of conquering a country inhabited by women like this!” says the writer. “Miss Mary was armed, and has the nerve to shoot, and a cowardly tory would quail before the lustrous determination of that steady blue eye of hers. Although a citizen and resident of South Carolina, she was born and educated in North Carolina, and is true to her early tuition of self-reliance.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, August 4, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org