July 18, 1862: The War on Women

Turns out that this election year isn’t the first time that Republicans have been accused of conducting a “war on women”. Although I have to say that some of the language used by certain popular commentators would have shocked Ben Butler to his core.

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch:


The War on women.

–The Yankee authorities still continue to wage war upon the females, as will be seen by the following from the Baltimore News Sheet of the 18th instant:

Somewhat of an excitement was created yesterday afternoon on Baltimore street, in the vicinity of Gay street, by the appearance of two young women on a promenade, both having upon their dresses rosettes, made of red and white silk, while one of them displayed a Confederate flag nearly a yard in length, waving it as she walked up the street. The police soon accosted them, and informing them that they were under arrest, escorted them to Marshal Van Nostrand’s office, followed by a considerable crowd. Being presented to the Marshal, they were informed that they had violated the laws, when they both asserted that they had no idea that they were doing anything wrong. It appeared the young women were sisters, daughters of Mr. John Gilpin, of Elkton, Maryland, and had arrived in Baltimore in the afternoon train, intending to return by the 5 o’clock cars. They were quite prepossessing in appearance, and attracted much attention while in charge of the officers on the street. After a proper examination of the ease, the Marshal decided to release them on security to keep the peace, which was secured. After being discharged, they proceeded, in company with some friends, to the depot, and left for home in the seven o’clock cars.

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