March 11, 1864: Tips for making clothes for Confederates

Trading rags for clothes

Confederate soldier complains that the clothes made for the soldiers fall apart.

MOBILE REGISTER AND ADVERTISER, March 11, 1864, p. 2, c, 3

A Hint for Those Who Make Soldiers’ Clothing.— A soldier writing to the Statesville Express, alludes to the bad manner in which soldiers’ clothing is made, and says: Our pants, jackets and under-clothing invariably rip, after a few weeks service, into the original pieces. Then comes a little swearing and sweating, and a week’s darning and stitching before we are fit to appear in public, unless we have lost all decency, and come out with a “flag of truce” flying in the rear. I would be glad if some of the women who do sewing for the soldiers would pay us a visit. I have not a doubt but they would return with many good resolutions, as well as with a pretty good knowledge of anatomy, and with the conviction that our clothing is “wonderfully” if not “fearfully” made. 

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