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Less than a week after the Virginia Convention had voted to secede on April 17, 1861, white women in Alexandria organized the production of clothing and munitions for soldiers.
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"Military Enthusiasm Among the Ladies"

Two items from the Alexandria Gazette, April 22, 1861.

MILITARY ENTHUSIASM AMONG THE LADIES was the headline of one of two articles in the Alexandria Gazette of April 22, 1861, less than a week after the Virginia Convention had voted for secession. The women of the city organized the production of coats, bedding, and other supplies for the soldiers. The newspaper's editor complimented them by writing that "the spirit that animated the 'Women of the Revolution' still lives in the hearts of the lovely and accomplished daughters of Virginia."

Two items from the Alexandria Gazette, April 22, 1861.

MILITARY ENTHUSIASM AMONG THE LADIES.— The Ladies of this city are behind none in the old Commonwealth in their ardor and enthusiasm in support of Southern rights. Though they cannot use the rough implements of war they can materially aid its favorable prosecution by supplying munitions, and comfortable clothing. They have for the last four days been busily engaged in making cartridges, bed ticks and overcoats for such of our troops as may be without them.

PATRIOTIC WORK.— We learn that a meeting of the ladies of this city, will be held at the Young Men's Christian Association room this morning. A number of sewing machines will be at hand and overcoats for the volunteers made up. This movement on the part of the Alexandria ladies, speaks well for their patriotism, and shows that the spirit that animated the "Women of the Revolution" still lives in the hearts of the lovely and accomplished daughters of Virginia.