"Military Enthusiasm Among the Ladies"
Two items from the Alexandria Gazette, April 22, 1861.
MILITARY ENTHUSIASM AMONG THE LADIES was the headline of one of two articles in the Alexandria Gazette of April 22, 1861, less than a week after the Virginia Convention had voted for secession. The women of the city organized the production of coats, bedding, and other supplies for the soldiers. The newspaper's editor complimented them by writing that "the spirit that animated the 'Women of the Revolution' still lives in the hearts of the lovely and accomplished daughters of Virginia."