The heroine of Confederate Point.
An interesting contemporaneous account of the heroic Defence of Fort Fisher, December 24th and 25th, 1864.
[The patriotism and fortitude which animated and sustained the young matron, whose touching letter is here given, was, as is universally admitted, a typical exemplification of the Southern
woman in the late war between the States.—Ed.]
In the fall of 1857, a lovely Puritan
maiden, still in her teens, was married in Grace church, Providence, Rhode Island
, to a Virginia youth, just passed his majority, who brought her to his home in Norfolk
, a typical ancestral homestead, where beside the ‘white folks’ there was quite a colony of family servants from the pickaninny just able to crawl to the old grey headed mammy who had nursed ‘ole massa.’
She soon became enamoured of her surroundings and charmed with the devotion of her colored maid, whose sole duty it was to wait upon her young missis.
When the John Brown
raid burst upon the South
and her husband was ordered to Harper's Ferry
, there was not a more indignant matron in all Virginia
, and when at last secession came, the South
did not contain a more enthusiastic little rebel.
On the 15th of May, 1862, a few days after the surrender of Norfolk
to the Federals
, by her father-in-law, then mayor, amid the excitement attending a captured city, her son Willie was born.
Cut off from her husband and subjected to the privations and annoyances incident to a subjugated community, her father insisted upon her coming with her children to his home in Providence
; but, notwithstanding she was in a luxurious home, with all that parental love could do for her, she preferred to leave all these comforts to share