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The Harrisonburg Rockingham Register reported on July 5, 1861, that women in the Dry River district of Rockingham County had "formed a resolution to live and die old maids unless our brave volunteer boys return again."
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"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.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, July 5, 1861.

The following comes to us "from the Ladies of Dry River:"
"We have 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."
 Good! We hope the proud spirited girls of Dry River will adhere to their purpose. A shabby fellow who doesn't obey the earnest and pressing call of his bleeding country now ought not to be entitled to the companionship of a good woman. Let it be understood that "cowards" and recreants are to be "kicked," "snuffed," and "sacked" by the women, and it may be that they will be driven to the discharge of their duty to their country.