‘"Women of the South."’
--The article of Mr. Geo. Fitzhugh
on this subject, in DeBow's Review,
pays a just, discriminating, and eloquent tribute to Southern women.
Women in all countries are better than men, but the conduct of the Southern
women in this contest with the North
has been noble, generous, and self-sacrificing beyond all praise.
We believe that the women of the South
have preserved more perfectly even than the men the old Virginia
character and magnanimity.
That sex in the South
seems to have instinctively recoiled from a Union which threatened to undermine those domestic institutions which conduce to the happiness and purity of Southern households.
When we contrast the unostentatious dignity of Southern matrons with the parvenue pretensions of the upstarts of Northern city society, and their passion for show and fashion, which is a distinguishing characteristic of vulgarians and pretenders, we have another reason for rejoicing that the Union
has been dismembered, before we learned from the North
to make money the standard of respectability, and thus prepare the way to become socially corrupted and plebeianism, as well as politically degraded and enslaved.