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A tribute to Female patriotism.

We subjoin a letter written by a Virginia lady, acknowledging the reception of a testimonial from the First Regiment North Car- olina Volunteers. Mrs. Tunnell resided near Hampton, and the Federalists, in their attempt to surprise our little army at Bethel on the 10th of June, arrested her husband, with every one else whom they could, in order to prevent the news of their advance reaching the Confederate force. Mrs. Tunnell managed to elude them, and in the darkness of the night made her way through the woods, and performed an act of devoted patriotism which proved an incalculable benefit. Gen. Hill speaks of her as having saved our army from destruction, and she truly deserves the tribute accorded her by the gallant North Carolinians. Deprived of her little possessions, and driven from her home by the ruthless invaders, she hopefully looks forward to the day when a complete triumph of Southern arms shall reward the efforts of our patriotic men, and punish the outrages of a wicked and unprincipled Government:


York County, Oct. 19, 1861.
Gen. D. H. Hill, Cols. C. C. Lee, and James H. Lane, and members of the 1st Regiment N. C. Vols. Gentlemen:
In acknowledging the reception of your kind favor, I scarce know how to thank you. To have contributed the humblest service to your gallant regiment in their glorious achievement at Bethel would ever have given me the most intense gratification, but to have won the approval of brave men — to be deemed by them not unworthy this generous evidence of their kindness — will always be to me a source of joyful remembrance, which I shall cherish through life, and, I hope now, with just pride, bequeath as an inheritance to my children. May it be to them an incentive to imitate your patriotism and your virtues. May a kind Providence ever ‘"shelter your heads in the day of battle."’ May each of you be the recipients of the reward due to distinguished valor and merit."

Yours, truly and sincerely.
Hannah Tunnell.

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