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[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
soldiers' aid society.

It was my privilege to be present at a meeting of one of these societies a few days ago, and it moved my heart with gratitude to witness the proceedings. I allude to the society formed at Ground Squirrel Church, in Hanover county, Va. The society is formed from two congregations of different denominations — that of Ground Squirrel, Reford Baptist, and that of Forest Grove Methodist--They meet alternately at both churches every week. They have some thirty or forty members. Here you may see the young and aged, all engaged in devising ways and means to give aid and comfort to the soldiers.

The reports of committees were very interesting. One reported the amount of moneys received during the week, which showed that they had not been idle or unsuccessful in the discharge of their duties. Another reported the number of sick soldiers in the camp at Ashland, together with what was necessary for their comfort. Another reports what had been received in the way of towels, pillow slips, sheets, socks &c.; also, jellies, wines, &c, for the sick. Another reported what had been purchased for clothing, such as pantaloons, shirts, drawers, &c., all of which is to be made up by the society before the winter comes on. I asked to whom they intended to present those creature comforts? They replied, ‘"to those who are most needy."’ A list of every subscriber to the fund is carefully made, and I am pleased to know that scarcely one to whom application is made fails to give something.

All this is as it should be. Here Christians forget their denominational differences, and all unite in one harmonious band and fly to the relief of the sick and suffering soldier. I could give names in this connection, but I will not for all, all are patriots and heroines. The God that rules on high inspires their hearts with burning zeal and courage in this noble work. An angel's pen shall record their patriotic deeds. A. M.

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