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1862 September 17: What the “Girls” Can Do for the War Efforts

September 23, 2012

The following are from the September 17, 1862, issue of The Hudson North Star.

Thirtieth Regiment.

The following are the Regimental officers of the 30th regiment:

D. J. DILL, of Pierce, Colonel.
E. M. Bartlett, of Pepin, Lient [sic], Col.
____ CLOWSKY,1 of Iowa, Major.
S. S. STARR,2 of St. Croix, Quar. Mas.
OTIS HOYT, of St. Croix, Surgeon.
T. S. SPENCER, of Eau Claire, Adj’t.

The regiment contains six North western companies, two from Waushara County, and two from Iowa County.—They will go into quarters at La Crosse.


The war fund committee have given notice that they will pay no more bounties after the 13th inst.

There will be a dance to-night, at Rickord’s Hall, the proceeds of which are for the benefit of the Soldiers Aid Society.  Let there be a good turn out.  Tickets 50 cents.

JOE ELWELL, long and favorably known as one of the “institutions” of this county, returned on Sunday from Port Royal, whither he went, as his friends, the readers of the STAR are aware, some time in June last.  South Carolina life seems to agree with him, for he is looking firstrate.

It was feared about harvest time that owing to the withdrawal of so many men from the field of labor, a good deal of grain would suffer.  This fear seems not to have been realized and so far as we have heard from all parts of Pierce and St. Croix, the crops are well stacked and secured.  Long strings of teams laden with the staple are coming in now daily.  A man with a thoughtful mind who rides over the county occasionally, indulges in sanguine hopes of the future of the St. Croix Valley, and ceases to wonder that men in the flush times of ’56-’7, went crazy over it.

GOOD APPOINTMENTS.—We learn that Dr. OTIS HOYT has been appointed surgeon, and S. S. STARR quarter master, of the 30th Regiment.  These are excellent appointments.

Dr. HOYT is one of the best surgeons in the West.  He has had extensive experience in the Mexican war, and his appointment will be a great pleasure to all the members of the regiment who are acquainted with him.

Mr. STARR is also admirably qualified to make an efficient and popular officer.  Ever since the war broke out, he has done all in his power to promote enlistments, and arouse the North-West to a sense of its duty.—Times.

The first actual engagement of the Brigade of the Northwest, occured [sic] on Saturday, between a scouting party, and a small force consisting of one man, a little woman, and a big knife about three feet long. (the knife, not the woman) The gallant scouting party led on by 1st Lieutenant Darling attacked the man in his castle for disciplinary purposes, and the “little woman” thereupon commenced a dangerous charge on the Lieutenant’s legs, (we believe he calls ’em legs) with the knife aforesaid.—The Lieutenant closely pursued defended himself valorously with a barrel-stave, and finally disarmed the foe by her throwing the knife at his head, while the scouts carried off the “man” by the head and heels.  Go in Charley !  you showed a gallant forbearance.  “None but the brave deserve the fair.”

From the Prairie du Chien Courier.
To the Girls.

Girls, what are you going to do for your country, in this, its great need ?—Fold your arms and let the men do all the work and make all the sacrifices ?  Fie upon me for harboring such a thought for a moment.  Up, girls, and work, work with a mill.  There is work enough for all — work for our hands, work for our hearts.  Clothing is needed for the soldiers besides that furnished by the government.  How many fair fingers will lay aside the facinating crochet and worsted work, wear garments of a little plainer fashion, and give the time formerly occupied in these pursuits, to make the more homely clothing for the hospitals ?  Who among us are willing to make greater sacrifices ?  You know that it is by sacrifice that precious things are rescued from danger, and what is more precious than our country ?  Is she not in danger from traitors, who would tear the stars from her banner, and leave her only the stripes of the tyrant ?  Shall we stand by and see what was a little cloud but which, when Sumter fell, grew black, and has since been increasing in volume and darkness, spread till it wraps our fair land in gloom, and yet make no effort to arrest its progress?

Our soldiers want comforts—comforts which can be purchased only with money, and money is not easily obtained.  Can we not spare a little by spending a little less on dress and ornaments ?  Believe me, girls, we shall be all the more attractive in our plain attire, when it is known that we have sacrificed our tastes in order to procure something for those who are sacrificing so much for us and for our country.  Have we such dainty appetites that we must indulge them every day with sweetmeats, cakes, and other articles which require sugar, an expensive southern product, or is our health so delicate that frequent journeys are necessary for our comfort and usefulness ?  Do not accuse me of dictating.  I am only suggesting and asking who will sacrifice a little for a great cause.

I have spoken of little sacrifices.  I now come to those of another kind.—Girls, men are needed !  Our country calls for our fathers, brothers, friends !  Let us not shrink even at this sacrifice.  Let us help and strengthen them by our courage to do their duty.  Let us rouse them by bold and stirring words to offer themselves a living sacrifice to the cause of Liberty and Right.  Be brave, falter not, even when imagination shows what may indeed prove but too true a vision—those near and dear to us dying on the battle field or in the hospital, or returning to their homes mutilated and crippled.  Many must suffer.  Let us nerve them to endurance by bearing our share of suffering, and it is no light one, patiently, meekly, hopefully, looking forward to the time when we shall be rewarded by the knowledge that our land is once more free from the horrors of war, when the glorious star-spangled banner shall again float over a united nation, and in the proud consciousness that we have done what we could—and that no little part—in promoting this glorious result.


1.  John Clowney, from Mineral Point in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
2.  Sidney S. Starr, the remaining editor of the North Star.

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