Monday, March 31, 2014

March 30, 1864

March 30, 1864


---Jenkin Lloyd Jones, an artilleryman from Wisconcin, writes in his journal about the visit that ladies make to their camps, and the differences in the soldiers’ behavior there by such a visit:


At dress parade we were looked upon by four Northern ladies, one of whom was Mother Bickerdyke, having ridden up from town in an ambulance. The ranks, which before they came under the soft glances of women, were irregular, steps broken, heads drooping, all carelessness, now closed up and all moved with true military precision. A natural impulse to please took hold of them, I guess. After parade they were conducted through camp examining our quarters, with a pleasant smile and a kind word for all, spreading sunshine as they went and filling the heart with fond recollections and pleasing hopes. All were Northern women upon missions of love, one I understood a Wisconsin one, a young lady of twenty-five, the others elderly.

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