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The Role of Women In The Civil War

The Women of Jericho

The patriotic and liberal efforts of the ladies of Jericho, in collecting and sending forward, every article, which only the ingenuity and sympathy of woman can devise, to add to the comfort and alleviate the sufferings of the sick and wounded soldiers, deserves honorable mention, in this Record.

The Medical Department of the army was taxed to its utmost, and could hardly supply the most common wants of the sick and wounded. The articles most needed in the hospitals, and the delicacies necessary for the comfort and cure of its inmates, were, in great part, supplied by the contributions and labors of the people at home.

In procuring and preparing these, the ladies took the lead. Nor were those of our own town behind, in responding to the appeal made to their sympathy and generosity, by these wants of the suffering soldier.

Collectors were appointed, and money, or such articles as were needed, were solicited, and almost every family, rich or poor, contributed something. Meetings and social gatherings were held, and these contributions were prepared in the manner thought to be most useful and convenient, and several boxes were thus filled and sent forward, mostly through the Sanitary or Christian Commissions.

The value of these contributions is not known, as no record of them was preserved.

This noble work, carried on, willingly and cheerfully, asking for no reward, except such as deeds of love and charity always bring, was the means of saving thousands of lives, and alleviating an untold amount of the sufferings of those who went forth to fight the battles of our country, and the sympathy and care thus generously manifested, did much to dispel the dread of enlistment, and to cheer the hearts of the soldiers on to final victory.

Source: E. H. Lane, The Soldiers' Record of Jericho, Vermont, (E. S. Styles, Burlington, 1868), pp 36-7.