Woman's devotion to our cause.
Manassas Junction Aug. 8.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
--Permit me to give through the columns of your paper some notice of a very deserving lady who is indeed another Florence Nightingale
She is a Mrs. Maggie Haley
, and a refuges from the District of Columbia.
She was one of, if not the very first to volunteer her services; but she could not get out of the enemy's lines for some time after her first offer.
Even when she did get away from them and entered upon her noble duty at the Smith Hospital
in Culpeper C. H., she was still the leader, so I hear, in that path of usefulness that has now become, through the examples of such as her, so very fashionable.
There are several other good ladies at that Hospital, I am told; but it is only of Mrs. Haley
I am able to speak, because a friend of mine who was under her care speaks only of her, except to say he has no doubt that the other ladies are as good as she is,--only that if he is not mistaken, she has the honor of being the first who volunteered in this noble cause.
And then, too, she is not from one of the Secession States
, but from the official home of the black- hearted Abe Lincoln
; and for this she is still more to be praised.
My friend says she is the beat of women, and that, in the goodness of her heart, she supervises the care of Yankee and Southerner alike; and this too, while she is risking her all against the Yankees
, for her husband is in our cavalry.
So let the good Mrs. Maggie Haley
, of Washington City
, receive that share of praise and gratitude that is her due.