Doc. 3. Governor Harris' appeal.
Isham G. Harris, Governor of the State of Tennessee, to the patriotic Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of said State:Whereas, The approach of winter admonishes us of the necessity and importance of providing warm and comfortable clothing, blankets, &c., for our large and gallant army of patriotic volunteers, who are nobly battling for the maintenance of our rights and independence, and the defence of our altars and our homes; and a state of war renders it difficult, if not impossible, to draw our usual supply of winter clothing from other markets, we must therefore rely upon our own resources, which are doubtless ample, when fully developed, and which, it is confidently believed you have both the will and the power to develop. I, therefore, appeal to the patriotic women of Tennessee to set about the work at once, of manufacturing all the jeans, linseys, socks, blankets, comforts, and all other articles which will contribute to the relief, health, and comfort of the soldier in the field. In connection herewith, I beg leave also to call your attention to the communication addressed to me by the Assistant Surgeon-General of the Confederate States, hereto appended. I cannot too earnestly urge upon you the importance of an early and generous response to the call thus made upon you. Let an agent be appointed in each county to receive and forward all articles to such points as the necessities of our troops may require. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, at the department in Nashville on this 23d day of August, A. D. 1861.