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            Aid for our Suffering Soldiers.

The Ladies of the “Soldiers Aid Society” of Greensboro and vicinity, gratefully acknowledge the receipt of $782.00 from their fellow citizens and refugees now among us.  This sum together with large contributions of hospital supplies, we have devoted to the comfort of the thousands of our brave and honored men, who are now suffering from wounds received while defending the Capital of the Confederacy against the tyrannical aggressor.  Our friends from the country have shown their true love for our Confederacy, and their warm sympathy for the suffering soldiers by their large contributions of hospital stores.

Not the least interesting and acceptable donation bestowed on our noble soldiers was $8.00 received from the “Juvenile Soldiers Aid Society” consisting of the following Misses:  Chase Gilmer, Lizzie Lindsay, Alice Lindsay, Lizzie J. Evans, Rose Bilbro, Dolia Bilbro, Birta Sloan, Ella Donnel, Nanie Gillaspie, Josie Scott, Bella Balsley, Berta Thorburn, Augusta Latham, and Master Eugene Eckle.

Prof. Sterling, left on Wednesday the 9th, for Richmond and will attend in person to the distribution of these supplies.






Source: Greensborough Patriot, July 17, 1862 as found in Confederate Newspaper Project

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Soldiers’ Aid Society.

             The Soldiers’ Aid Society of Greensboro have prepared and forwarded to Dr. James K. Hall for the hospital of the 22d N. C. Regiment:

             12 bed ticks, 13 feather pillows, 24 sheets, 15 pillow cases, 12 comforts, 3 pr. Drawers, 5 shirts, 25 pr. Socks, 13 towels, 13 bandages, 1 bag raw cotton, 1 box linen lint.

             Contributions of blackberry wine, blackberry vinegar, sage red pepper, rice, sugar, canned tomatoes, ginger, nutmegs, allspice, tomato catsup, preserved peaches and blackberries, dried apples, peaches and blackberries, pickles, butter, cordial, honey, bay rum, lemon syrup, corn starch, mutton suet, tea, cloves, blanket, mustard, brandied peaches, canned peaches, 1 pair scissors, dogwood and slippery elm barks, pennyroyal, dittany, 1 pair woolen, 1 pair cotton socks, books and tracts were received from the following ladies:

             Mrs. Jas. Long, Mrs. Jno. Sloan, Mrs. D. Scott, Mrs. P. Adams, Mrs. L. Walker, Mrs. J. H. Smith, Mrs. E. P. Eckle, Mrs. C. N. McAdoo, Mrs. P. Doub, Mrs. R. P. dick, Mrs. Jno. Cole, Mrs. C. G. Yates, Mrs. W. Warton, Miss M. Morehead, Mrs. J. Bethel, Mrs. R. McLean, Mrs. McCuloch, Mrs. Jas. Dick. Mrs. Jessee H. Lindsay, Mrs. R. Gorrell, Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. T. M. Jones, Mrs. A. Caldwell, Mrs. R. Lindsay, Mrs. Barringer, Mrs. Bumpas, Mrs. R. Sterling, Mrs. O. Huber, Mrs. J. A. Gilmer, Miss Caldcleugh, Mrs. Spruce.

             These have all been forwarded to their destination, to add to the comfort of our brave N. C. troops.


 Source: The Greensborough Patriot, Feb. 20, 1862 as found on the Confederate Newspaper Project

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February 14, 1862


We saw, a few days since, a piece of Home Made Flannel, which has been presented to the Sunsbury Soldier’s Aid Society by Mrs. T. H. Lassiter.  It was in every way superior to the flannel we have been accustomed to getting from the North.  The piece contained about 30 yards which had been presented to the Society to be made up for the Volunteers from the county of Gates.  The Ladies of Gates are doing their full share in aid of the noble fellows that have gone forth to the battle field.

Source: Suffolk Christian Sun, as found on Confederate Newspaper Project

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January 31, 1862

Dined with Sister Frances*.  All well & as usual, she busy making Haversacks and Flags for the Regiments to take the field in the Spring.  Went visiting in the morning.  Susan Rayner carried me into the Ladies Soldiers Aid Society, the same one to whom I gave my wool Mattrass in the Fall to be knit into socks.  Ellen Mordecai is the President and Susan the Treasurer.  We found about a dozen ladies all hard at work on Hospital shirts & drawers.  Ellen & Susan had their Sewing Machines & all were as busy as possible.  The work they have done is wonderful, indeed the Ladies all through the country have been heart & soul in the cause.  Never was there such universal enthusiasm, enthusiasm too which does not evaporate in words but shows itself in work, real hard work, steady and constant.  These Ladies have spent three days of the week at this Society room since Sept & show no signs of flagging.  Promised Ellen & Susan some Dahlia Roots & some Tube Roses in the spring when I plant mine out.  The first sunshiny days we have had in weeks!  I hope it crippled Burnside.

 * Longtime readers may recall that Catherine was extremely upset with Sister Frances last February, calling her a “terrible unionist.”  See the post here: http://wp.me/p1qIB8-L

Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979). http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html

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Jan. 23, 1862


 Camp Fisher, near Newbern, N. C., Jan 19, ‘62

             Mr. Editor: Allow me to return the thanks of myself and Company to the young Ladies of Greensborough Female College for the liberal and unsolicited contribution made by them to us, through the worthy President of the College, Rev. T. M. Jones, viz—the proceeds of a Concert given by them for the benefit of soldiers, amounting to sixty-four dollars.

             I will say to them that a portion of it has been appropriated for some nice fresh pork, and if they could have seen the men when eating it, after having been fed on salt beef, fat middling bacon and salt fish, they would have enjoyed the scene very much.

 Respectfully,     B. L. COLE,

 Capt. Co. F, 2nd Cavalry, N.C. Army.

 Source: Greensborough Patriot, January 23, 1862 as found on Confederate Newspaper Project

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Manassas Junction,Va., January 16, 1862

Dear Sister:

            I received your letter some days since and was very much rejoiced to hear from you, but I thought that you were a very long time in answering my last.  It came at last and eagerly did I devour the contents and with what pleasure I lingered on every sentence, no tongue can tell.  The description you gave of your tableau interested me very much, and I regret very much not being able to have been there, as all such scenes always interest me so much, besides the desire of seeing you act.  I think, myself, that you should have had your face painted, and that would have set off the piece a great deal.  It is a pretty hard piece.  Didn’t you feel pretty scared?  What does Dick act?  Who was that sweetheart of yours that has been home four times?  I should like to know him.

            We have a hard time of it here now.  The ground is covered with snow and then a sleet over that, and it is nearly as cold as the frozen regions, the winds come directly from mountains and blow around us like a regular hurricane.  But we have now moved into our winter quarters, huge log hut, and we keep very comfortable, but it is nothing like home, home with its sweet recollections.  As I sit and write I cannot refrain from gliding back into the past and enjoying the blessed memories of yore.  But enough of indulging the imagination, for this is a sad reality and it will not do for my imagination to assume too large a sway.  Tell Miss Myra that when I visitWashingtonI will call on her parents.  I expect to go there soon, either as a visitor or captive, but I hope as the former.  We will have a tableau before long, I expect, but I expect the scene will be played in a larger place than a hall.  It will encompass several miles and will take several hours to perform it, but when it does come off it will end in a sad havoc.  I am very thankful to you for those socks you knit for me, and when I wear them I shall think of you.  All around me are asleep and the huge logs have sunk into large livid coals ever and anon emitting large brilliant sparks, that cast a ghastly hue around the whole room, and I know think it time to close, so goodbye. 

Your loving brother,


Source: Laura Elizabeth Lee, Forget-Me-Nots of the Civil War: A Romance Containing Reminiscences and Original Letters of Two Confederate Soldiers (St. Louis, Missouri: A.R. Fleming Printing Co, 1909).  See also Joel Craig and Sharlene Baker, eds., As You May Never See Us Again: The Civil War Letters of George and Walter Battle, 4th North Carolina Infantry  (Wake Forest, NC: The Scuppernong Press, 2010).

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Jan. 9, 1862

For the Patriot.

In Camp 3rd Regt. N. C. V.

Camp Ruffin Va., Dec. 20th, 1861

             Messars. Editors:–Allow me through the columns of your excellent paper to return to the Ladies of Alamance County, in behalf of the Alamance Regulators, our grateful acknowledgements for numerous articles of clothing, blankets, &c, which they have kindly sent to us.

            How pleasant for the Soldiers, to reflect that though the cheering smiles and the sympathizing tears of the Ladies cannot be with us, yet their charity and kindness follow us even to the tented field.

            We can truly say to our fair donors that we are proud to have the honor of standing between them and the dastard foe and should it be our fate to fall on the bloody field of carnage our last thoughts shall be of them and their noble efforts to render us comfortable while we are in the service of our country.


J. A. Murray, Captain

Alamance Regulators

Greensboro Patriot, January 9, 1862, as found in Confederate Newspaper Project

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