The New York New World's
correspondent from Banks
's retreating army, writing from Hagerstown, Maryland
, says that while the Federalists were retreating through Winchester
of that town opened fire with pistols upon them from the windows, ‘"and killed a great many."’ It is very doubtful whether or no this is true.
The women of the town hardly fired the guns.
Probably they were too glad to see the Yankees
going to delay the department of even one of them by a wound from a pistol shot.
The statement may be never be taken as an indication of what the writer thinks of the women of Winchester
Their fidelity to their country was so marked that the Yankee
not only expected no sympathy from them in the reverse which hurried him from Wm. Chester
, but he even feared they would give him a parting shot as he fled.
So the well aimed bullets, which are alleged to have killed many of his comrades, are charged upon the paddies!
But how can the Yankees
hope for a restoration of a Union with a people whose women even take up arms against them!--Go where they may they find the ladies firm in their devotion to the South
, giving the invader no encouragement, and showing him no respect,
until they have brought down upon themselves a full share of that Puritan
hate which for so many months has poured out the vials of its wrath upon our country.
has led on the attack upon them, and cunningly devised the means by which the most depraved and brutal animosity is to be appeased.
But the women of the South
, like the women of Winchester
, will continue true in the face of all the terrors the invader can invent.
If the rougher sex were as universally faithful as the women, this great struggle would have nothing to fear from enemies at home.
God save the noble ladies of the South
None of their sex, in any age or country, ever merited in a higher degree the admiration of chivalrous men or their most glorious deeds in arms in their defence.