"To do any thing that a woman can do for her country"
Sarah A. Logan to Governor John Letcher, April 20, 1861, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.
Three days after the Virginia Convention voted to secede and even before the news could reach the rural portions of Virginia, Sarah A. Logan, of Dungeness, in the central Virginia county of Goochland, wrote a letter to the governor. Anxious "to do any thing that a woman can do for her country," she offered the services of herself and daughters to sew flannel shirts for soldiers. "I will make as many as you can send me the materials for,— say five hundred or a thousand. I can do it, as I have a large force at my command; and if necessary we will work night and day." The "large force" at her command likely included some of the more than 50 enslaved laborers at her family's plantation.