Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the ladies — their great Seal in our cause.
Camp Shenandoah, July 1, 1861.
The ladies in the small village of New Market
have; in the short period of two or three weeks, completed for different companies, thirty-one tents, with upwards of two hundred uniforms; four hundred shirts, besides a great number of haversacks, badges, &c. The companies in different parts of the county of Shenandoah
, hearing how readily they responded in this noble cause, have sent them a great quantity of material for tents, uniforms, shirts, &c., all of which have been cut and fitted out for use, by the nimble fingers of these noble and true hearted Southern ladies.
And then they magnanimously offered their services in the harvest field, but we gently informed them that the strong arms of the farmer boys were still able to perform that labor, and afterwards meet and drive back the Federal
You need never fear that Shenandoah
will not do her duty, so long as ladies, so devoted to Virginia
, urge us to war with smiles, and them breathes silent prayers to heaven for our protection.--We hall their presence and smiles as indications of the interest they feel in the preservation of our liberties and freedom.
Like mother Washington
, actuated by the love of liberty, they are delighted in being instrumental in promoting our welfare, providing for our comfort in a thousand ways.--And I ask, is it not a matter of deep congratulation to our hearts that there still remains in the ladies of the South
, that heavenly grace which causes them to find their truest pleasure in the happiness of their fellow creature.
God bless them; may their lives be long and happy. N. J.