Southern Confederacy (Atlanta, Georgia), November 6, 1862
The ready response you have ever given to our numerous appeals in behalf of our wounded and destitute soldiery, warrants the belief that you will again respond heartily to our appeal which we are about to make to you in behalf of the soldiers who are lying sick in the hospitals here and at Chattanooga. The suffering of the sick and wounded for the very commonest necessaries of life is said to be almost without parallel. We have it on the authority of the Post Surgeon of this city, that the wants of the inmates of the Chattanooga hospitals, even for comfortable clothing, is deplorable.–This ought not to be permitted so long as there is a female hand in the South who can cut and make a garment. Can we lie idle, while the brave soldiers who are defending our homes and our honor, are languishing in comfortless beds of sickness, with no kind hand to minister unto them, and with scarcely clothing to cover their bodies? Can the mothers of our soldier boys rest contented on their beds of down, when they think that perhaps their boy is suffering for the very lightest of the comforts which they know scarcely how to prize? Sisters! are you willing that your brothers should suffer while facing the insolent foe who is standing at our gates clamoring for entrance, while you are lolling on the lap of luxury at home? And in addition to this, think of the number who have no friends at home to prepare for them the little comforts which would be such a relief to them after all the toil and hardships they have undergone to protect us. Oh, women of the South, everywhere, you have already rendered yourselves proverbial for patriotism, and staunch endurance while laboring to supply the necessities of our gallant soldiers. Shall that character now deteriorate? or will you once more come up to the relief of the suffering? We are proud to believe the latter. We believe we have only to make this appeal, and an immediate and generous response will follow.
The ladies of this, and the other societies in this city, are doing everything in their power to alleviate the suffering in our hospitals, but they cannot do much unless aided by the ladies everywhere. Come up, then, ladies! aid us! Send in whatever little article of clothing, &c., you may have, and let it be judiciously appropriated. Let no one be ashamed of her gift because it is small, for the aggregate will alleviate much suffering, and our brave but suffering soldiers will bless you for it. Send it to the societies in this place, and let it be properly distributed.–Those living near Chattanooga may send their donations there. Only send them in, and no one can tell the vast amount of good you will do.
Mrs. John Collier,
President L. S. R. Society.