It was one that partook more of the romance than of the realities of life.
One of our own daughters, raised in the lap of luxury, blessed with the enjoyment of all the elements of elegance and ease, had quit her peaceful home, followed her husband to the camp, and leaving him in that camp, has come to the home of her childhood to seek aid for him and his comrades, not because he is her husband, but because he is fighting the battles of his country, against a tyrant.’
He paid a high tribute to the patriotism and love of liberty which eminently characterized the people of Maryland
. ‘They were fighting our battles,’ he said, ‘with halters round their necks.’
On the 29th Mrs. Johnson
with her escort and her arms, and her route was a continued ovation.
At every town, at every station, the people had gathered to see the woman who was arming her husband's regiment, and they overwhelmed her with enthusiasm and hearty sympathy.
a substantial sum of money was handed to her, and stopping at Richmond
she procured from John Letcher
, governor of Virginia
, a supply of camp-kettles, hatchets, axes, etc., and with the money in her hands, ordered forty-one wall tents made at once.
On the 31st of May she left Richmond
with her arms, ammunition and supplies.
At Manassas Beauregard
gave her an order to take any train she might find necessary for transportation and to hold all trains subject to her orders.
She rode in the freight car on her boxes of rifles.
Companies A and B had during her absence been moved up to Harper's Ferry
to unite with the rest of the command, and on June 3, 1861.
after an absence of ten days from camp, she returned and delivered to her husband the results of her energy, devotion and enthusiasm.
The following receipt from the chief of ordnance
of Stonewall Jackson
's command has probably no parallel in the history of war: