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Marked Articles.--Some of the marks which are fastened on the blankets, shirts, etc., sent to the Sanitary Commission for the soldiers, show the thought and feeling at home. Thus — on a home-spun blanket, worn but washed as clean as snow, was pinned a bit of paper which said: “This blanket was carried by Milly Aldrich (who is ninety-three years old) down hill and up hill one and a half miles, to be given to some soldier.” [26]

On a bed-quilt was pinned a card, saying: “My son is in the army. Whoever is made warm by this quilt, which I have worked on for six days and most all of six nights, let him remember his own mother's love.”

On another blanket was this: “This blanket was used by a soldier in the war of 1812--may it keep some soldier warm in this war against traitors.”

On a pillow was written: “This pillow belonged to my little boy, who died resting on it; it is a precious treasure to me, but I give it for the soldiers.”

On a pair of woollen socks was written: “These stockings were knit by a little girl five years old, and she is going to knit some more, for mother says it will help some poor soldier.”

On a box of beautiful lint was this mark: “Made in a sick-room, where the sunlight has not entered for nine years, but where God has entered, and where two sons have bid their mother good-by as they have gone out to the war.”

On a bundle containing bandages was written: “This is a poor gift, but it is all I had; I have given my husband and my boy, and only wish I had more to give, but I haven't.”

On some eye-shades were marked: “Made by one who is blind. Oh! how I long to see the dear Old Flag that you are all fighting under!”

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