"The daughters of Old Augusta"
Undated letter signed "LADY" to the editor of the Staunton Vindicator and printed in the issue of January 18, 1861.
White women in Augusta County, in the Shenandoah Valley, announced a fair to be held on February 22, 1861, George Washington's birthday, to raise money to provide tents and clothing for the local militia. The women vowed to demonstrate that as "the spirit of '76' still burns in the hearts of Virginia's Sons," they resolved to "Let then the daughters of Old Augusta show that the same spirit actuates them, to cheer the brave Soldier on." Virginians who favored and who opposed secession both proclaimed themselves the true heirs of the spirit of the American Revolution.