February 20, 1864: Yankee and Southern women

Southern Belle

A couple of items in the Mobile Register and Advertiser juxtapose a story involving a southern woman with one about a Northern one, perhaps with some intent that a lesson be drawn. Yankee women dress like men and go to war, while southern women stay home and knit socks as they should.


MOBILE REGISTER AND ADVERTISER, February 20, 1864, p. 1, c. 5

A correspondent of the Atlanta Register writes from the camp of the 55th Georgia regiment a word of encouragement to the old ladies. He says:

A short time ago our quartermaster drew from the Georgia Relief Aid Association clothing for such of our men as were destitute, and could not supply themselves elsewhere. On each garment of this clothing was tucked a card, stating by whom the article was made, &c. When the clothing was received there was not enough to give each man a full suit; consequently it became necessary to make a lottery of it.

During the engagement at Missionary Ridge, private Burton Weaver was lucky enough to get a pair of shoes, but, poor fellow, he had no socks and winter was fast approaching. Accordingly, when the drawing began, he went forward to try his luck. “Fortune favors the brave”—so he drew a splendid pair of well knit, all-wool socks, with a card attached, on which was written: “These socks were knit for our soldiers by Mrs. Nancy Weaver, of Fannin county, an old lady 70 years of age, who has six boys in the army.” Strange at it may appear, Burton, the youngest of the six, by mere chance drew and is now wearing those very socks; and have no doubt he appreciates them more than the possession of a dozen pair knit by strangers.

MOBILE REGISTER AND ADVERTISER, February 20, 1864, p. 1, c. 7

A Yankee Amazon.—Ninety Yankee prisoners, part of them wounded, reached Dalton from Alabama on the 14th inst. One of the prisoners (says the Huntsville Confederate) is a woman, disguised in masculine habiliments, and moving on crutches. She belongs to the 19th Illinois, noted for its barbarities, and claims to have been wounded at Florence, Ala., but her companions, who call her Frank, say that a dog bit her in the calf of the leg.

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