A couple of items today in different papers on the spirit of Southern women. The first I couldn’t resist because it shows that bad puns have a really long history in the New Orleans Picayune (now Times-Picayune).
In the second one, from the Charleston Mercury, a Knoxville woman trashes her own belongings rather than let them fall into the hands of the Yankees. This one appealed to me because I learned a new use of the word “loblolly” from it. I only knew it before as species of pine, but apparently the Mercury uses it to mean “glop” or something of the sort.
[NEW ORLEANS] DAILY PICAYUNE, February 27, 1864, p. 1, c. 7
Kate Hector and Mary Finney, for violating the city ordinance which prohibits women from drinking in a public bar-room, were sent to the Workhouse for sixty days. They were decidedly tight, though their reputation is that of loose women.
CHARLESTON MERCURY, February 27, 1864, p. 1, c. 3
Spirit of the Knoxville Ladies.–The Federals in Knoxville are having no easy task in subjugating the rebel ladies, if we may judge by a few instances of spirit which have come to our knowledge.
Mrs. H_____n, a remarkably handsome dark eyed widow lady, was required to leave without more than an hour’s notice, and no opportunity was offered her to dispose of her furniture for her own benefit. The harpies were even besieging her door, with the expectation of appropriating the entire contents of the residence the moment she should vacate the premises. Aware of this, by some little dexterity, she kept them at bay, whilst she manufactured a loblolly, consisting of her pickles, sweet meats, wines, marmalades, preserves, flour, vinegar, mustard, sugar, slops, &c., and deliberately spread this over her parlor carpets; broken mirrors and crockery were quickly added, whilst a bucket or two of ashes and suds completed the ruin of her household treasures, sacrificed within hearing of the enemy.
It is beyond our power of description to portray, the rage, and astonishment of the Yankee crew, as they rushed in to seize upon the widow’s property, and became aware of the trick which had prevented them from satisfying their keenest appetite upon her “goodies.” Mrs. H_____n’s remark to the officer, who escorted her out of town, was an admonition to him, to make haste back to her residence before his brother officers appropriated his part of the plunder, and eat his share of the entertainment she had provided for them.