Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
to the women of the South.
Drakesville, N. C., May 16, 1861.
May I suggest, through the columns of the Dispatch,
to Southern women, in view of the events, which God in his great mercy avert, to study Florence Nightingale
's ‘"Notes on Nursing'"’ The warmest enthusiasm, or even the most devoted love, will not make a good and efficient nurse, without strong common sense and practical knowledge.
And who so fitted to teach on this subject as the woman who had charge of the hospitals in the Crimea, and who possesses a wonderfully strong, shrewd and practical mind?
Southern women, let us heard every luxury, or even necessary, that may possibly be required during the war. If not needed, we can enjoy them with our beloved ones when they return.
Let us now nurse the sick, dress wounds, attend hospitals, be learning all we can. And above all, let us cultivate that trust in God which will keep us calm and strong through all that comes; endeavoring by all sweet, womanly means to lead our brothers and friends to do the same — reminding them that forty thousand fell of the armies of Israel, even when on the right side, are the victory was gained; and that our only hope of His favor and protection, without whom the armies of Xerxes
were ‘"worse than vanity,"’ and with whom ‘"one can chase a thousand,"’ is in a life of righteousness.
A North Carolina