The Ladies’ Government Work

Southern Confederacy (Atlanta, Georgia), November 6, 1862

We have before us a long, but well written communication in relation to Government Agents in this city, giving out the sewing to wealthy ladies to the exclusion of needy soldiers’ wives and daughters. Our attention has been called to this gross injustice by different persons several times before.

We do not know the facts in the case, but our information in the communication is to this effect. The Government through her agents here have large quantities of clothing made up for the soldiers in the army, for which they pay liberal wages. The complaint is that this work is sought after and frequently given out to wealthy families who own sewing machines and servants, to do the workwhen it could all be done by industrious women, wives and daughters of absent soldiers who stand around the distributing office earnestly pleading for their work, as an absolute necessity, in order to their subsistence.

Our correspondent thinks, (and we heartily endorse the suggestion,) that all the wives and daughters of absent soldiers who will, and can do the work well and promptly, should be first supplied, and then any poor or laboring women in the city. After these, if they cannot do all, the balance should be given to any lady who has an industrious turn of mind.

We hope the parties concerned will adopt this equitable and reasonable, not to say patriotic plan, and that we will hear no more complaints. We will try to keep posted on the matter.

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