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[for the Richmond Dispatch]
soldiers' aid Society.

A meeting was held Sept. 9th, at Mt. Moriah Church, Amherst county, by the ladies of that vicinity for the purpose of forming a Soldiers' Aid Society. The meeting was opened and closed with prayer by Rev. B. W. Roberts. The Society was organized by appointing Mrs. Sallie Claiborne, President; Miss Jennie Waller. Vice President; Mrs. Callie Gibson, Treasurer, and Miss Sallie Wilsher, Secretary. There were also twelve Directresses appointed.

The object of this society is not simply to supply the wants of the soldiers, so far as they can, this fall and winter, but to remain thus united as long as our soldiers are in the field. They have selected one company — the Amherst Rifle Greys — upon which their girls will first be bestowed, and if their resources shall not be consumed, then upon such other companies as the society shall select.

If such societies are not already formed all over our Southern land, I hope they will be at once. How appropriate, how important, how useful such societies! When our men are bearing the toils and exposure of a soldier's life, if they are assured that there are thoughtful minds, sympathizing hearts, and diligent hands at home, who, almost with angel care, are watching over and seeking to aid them in their struggle for liberty, and will thus continue to do as long as the war shall last, how this will nerve the strong arms of our men, and kindle afresh their devotion to the loved ones at home, to society around them, and to our whole Southern land, and make them resolve never to leave the battle-field until these devoted ones are safe from the hand of oppression and violence!


September 28th, 1861.

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