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The patriotism of the ladies.


Orange C. H., Oct. 13, 1861.
Editors Dispatch: The many noble deeds performed by the ladies of the State of Virginia towards our soldiers, who are battling for their country's cause, has been heralded in your valuable journal, not only editorially, but also through your numerous correspondents; but as yet I have never seen a word of praise awarded to the ladies of Orange Court-House and county of Orange, who justly deserve a portion of that honor you have so generously bestowed upon others. I hope, therefore, you will give this a place in your columns, as a proof that their kindness is fully appreciated, at least, by have been the recipients of their philanthropic acts.

Since the battle of Bull Run there have been at least from four to five hundred sick and wounded soldiers in Orange Court-House and vicinity, the principal part of whom have been taken to private houses, and there nursed by the ladies with that assiduous care which they alone are capable of bestowing upon a sick soldier. Among the most prominent of these ladies, I beg leave to mention the name of Mrs. Charles J. Stovin, of this county, who, although an invalid, has indeed acted the part of a "ministering angel" in supplying the sick with everything necessary for their health and comfort.

Miss W.--, so noted for her beauty, refinement, and intelligence, as well as her goodness of heart and kind treatment to soldiers, has performed her part most heroically in nursing and comforting the sick regardless of her own health. Mrs. D. and Mrs. L. have also taken an active part in supplying the sick with comforts and nourishment so essential to their wants. Were 1 to attempt to enumerate all who have lent a helping hand in nursing and administering to the numerous wants of the sick, I could give you a list of names that would fill a double column in your paper.

It is with a feeling of pride that I mention the name of Dr. J. W. McDonnald, a native of North Carolina, as Chief Surgeon of this post, who has won the confidence of the soldiers by his talents in his medical and surgical skill; and also of all, by his gentlemanly bearing, which has characterized his career here.

Having been an invalid myself, and experienced the kind care and attention of these ladies, I respectfully submit this (at the request of many of my fellow-sick soldiers to your consideration, hoping you will give it a place in your columns, and thereby oblige.

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