the Confederate War, of the County of Gloucester, Ladies and Gentlemen:
The people of no section of the South were more self-sacrificing in their devotion to the Confederate Cause, or more heroic in its defence, than were the inhabitants of the five peninsulas lying between the Potomac and Rappahannock, the Rappahannock and the York, the York and the James, the James and the Nottoway, and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
The whole Atlantic and Bay Coasts from Hatteras to Assateague Island and the mouth of the Potomac river, were accessible to war steamers far above the head of tidewater, and the rivers and estuaries so parted each from the others that they could not readily or adequately support each other in their defences.
None were more exposed to the ravages of war, and none worse scourged by them than were these people between the Rappahannock and the York.
Homes, houses, labor, fences, crops, provisions, furniture, teams, stock, household necessaries and comfor