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White women in Augusta County planned a fair in February 1861 to raise money to support local soldiers
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"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.

Undated letter signed "LADY" to the editor of the Staunton Vindicator and printed in the issue of January 18, 1861.
MR. EDITOR:— The Ladies of Staunton, propose holding a Fair for the purpose of providing Tents for the "West Augusta Guard," on the 22d of February—in which they invite the ladies in the neighborhood to join them.
In view of the probable call soon to be made, on this, as well as all the volunteer Companies of our State, to defend us against Northern aggression; it seems needless to appeal to the patriotism of any of Virginia's daughters to lend their aid, with willing hands and hearts in this work of necessity, for the comfort of those, who have shown by their prompt and efficient service at Harper's Ferry, that the spirit of "76" still burns in the hearts of Virginia's Sons. Let then the daughters of Old Augusta show that the same spirit actuates them, to cheer the brave Soldier on, and by providing the necessary covering from the night dews and the pitiless blast, the thought that the fair hands of mothers, wives, sisters and those dearer then all have wrought this for them, will lighten the vigors of the Soldier's life and inspire them with fresh valor.
A LADY.