"Proud spirited" ladies
Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, July 5, 1861.
The Harrisonburg Rockingham Register reported on July 5, 1861, that women in the Dry River district of Rockingham County, in the Shenandoah Valley, had "formed a resolution to live and die old maids unless our brave volunteer boys return again. We have also pledged ourselves to take care of the few cowards that are still left." In February 1861, Rockingham County voters had elected three opponents of secession to the Virginia Convention, but in the referendum held on May 23, 1861, the county's voters had overwhelmingly ratified the Ordinance of Secession by a vote of 3,012 to 22.