A sergeant tells the story of how a colonels wife saved his
company. A Union party, led by the colonel (then a captain), was scouting for Confederates
when they were suddenly trapped on the point of a hill. They were protected by a large
gully, which kept the Confederates out, but the Union men trapped. The Confederates
charged the Union men, who were woefully outnumbered, but their superior position and
shooting kept them safe. They know once it got dark, though, the Confederates would be
able to sneak up behind them. The captain asked for a volunteer to run back to camp and
get help, a very dangerous mission. The first one to volunteer was an unpopular young man,
who kept to himself and didnt seem to have any friends. Though others wanted to go,
the captain allowed the young man to go. The captain followed his movements, and although
he thought the young man was shot at one point, the young man shot his assailant, and got
away. Once the company was safe, the captain learned that the young man was shot in the
arm, and also that he was a woman. She had run away from a cruel stepmother after her
brother was killed in battle and joined the army. She was already in love with the
captain, and soon he learned to love her as well.
October 8, 1864, page 654 (1-4)
August 17, 1861, page 515 (4)
May 17, 1862, page 306 (1)
"Bertha (who wants to go to War
June 8, 1861, page 368
"Filling Cartridges at the United States Arsenal,"
July 20, 1861, page 449
"Scenes About Camp,"
July 20, 1861, page 453
August 30, 1862, page 547 (2-3)
The Lounger most cordially sympathizes with the suggestion
of his correspondent:
"Dear Mr. Lounger, ?Since the war began you have been
so serious in your columns that I have not dared to write to you; but I have something to
say now, which I think you will listen to.
"The other morning I wanted a few spools of thread
and a piece of tape, and put on my bonnet and ran to Haberdasher & Co.s to get
them. It was a warm day and there were not many people in the street, and when I got into
the shop I was quite confused by the number of young men who came politely forward and
asked to serve me with what I wished. They were not foolish, simpering fellows of whom
there are so many pictures and so much fun in Punch; but they seemed to be quick,
intelligent, and well-bred.
"I bought my thread and tape, and as I sauntered
home, thinking of my brother Ned, who is with Pope in Virginia, I saw upon a pile of
bricks a poster headed Recruits wanted. Of course we all know that they are
wanted. We know how much is left undone for the want of men. Yes, Mr. Lounger, and I
know that if women would answer it would be left undone no longer.
"Now we women are as much interested in the war as
you men. The Southern women, indeed, are said to be the main-stay of the rebellion, and
the Northern women have been the chief solace and cure of our wounded soldiers. How they
have worked in every way that women can, to help the great cause! And yet there is one
other way. It is this. Let some of us do the work of Haberdasher & Co.s clerks,
and let them go to the war. At the Sanitary Commission rooms, and the hospitals, etc.,
there are as many women as can be made useful. But Iand I am sure there are plenty
like mewould willingly take the places of these young men until they return. We can
sell thread and measure ribbon and do up tape, perhaps not as well as they, but well
enough for the purpose.
"Of course there are many of them who have mothers
and sisters and families dependent upon them who could not easily go. But they ought to
remember that business will revive only with peace, and if the war continues they must,
many of them, lose their places. Then there are a great many who have nobody but
themselves to look after, and they might surely go.
"I write to you, hoping that you will print my
letter, and that they may see it. If they do, I hope they will think seriously of what I
say. I can not put it in pretty language but it means just the same. It means that I, for
one, do not believe that a man hasnt a soul above buttons merely because he sells
them; and I dont believe that a man can not handle a rifle skillfully because he is
nimble with the yard-stick. At least, lets try, Mr. Lounger.
"Your faithful friend and constant reader,