A Ladies' reading-room for mental improvement.
The focus is on the Antebellum and Civil War era's. Reading suggestions are welcome; books and magazines, fiction and non-fiction, primary and secondary sources.
We feel called upon again to appeal in behalf of our
suffering soldiers to the patriotism and kindness of the good people of this
County to furnish material to make socks for our brave and bare-footed
soldiers. We do not even ask for yarn, [though that, of course, is preferred]
but only for pieces of woolen cloth
large enough to make a covering for their feet. Every family could contribute
such pieces as are now needed, and we feel that it is only necessary to state
that they are wanted to ensure a sufficient supply in a short time. The ladies
of this place are ready to make the pieces up into socks—the people of the
country will please furnish the materials needed. A large portion of the gallant
25th Regiment is now without socks and the brave soldiers of that
Regiment are, in great part, from the North-western portion of the State
without the possibility of receiving relief from their friends at home. Such
soldiers have a peculiar claim to the kindness of our people. Search your
houses and send such pieces as mentioned above to the Book-store of Mr. R.
Cowan, of Staunton, and they will soon be covering the feet of our suffering
What Next.--We observe that the ladies of Mobile, in keeping with the fertility of resources and industry that has immortalized their sex during the war, and making socks from carpet ravelings. They are a little heterogeneous in color, but not a whit the less warm for that, and will be most acceptable to the soldiers or to those who need them at home.
[Same story appeared in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield SC) Jaunuary 13, 1864, The Daily Dispatch, (Richmond, VA)January 4, 1864]