July 9, 1861
THE VIRGINIA LADIES—A South Carolina soldier in Virginia
I have seen ladies and children manifest the most
surprising anxiety to have pieces of our cherished emblem. Ladies often engage in conversation with the
humblest of our soldiers, and gladly receive from them pieces of palmetto as
tokens of soldierly esteem.
A Mississippian at Richmond writes:
The ladies are very kind and liberal, and treat us as
kindly as we could wish. The camp is
full of them every evening hunting up sick, and a rat might as well try to
escape a terrier as for a sick man to escape the ladies, and when they find him
he is either carried to a private house or else overcrowded with nice “nick
nacks” to eat.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]