1865 January 28: Work to Aid Soldier’s Wives and Widows
The following comes from The Prescott Journal of January 28, 1865.
Works for Soldier’s Wives and Widows.
The praiseworthy efforts of the Governor to secure employment for the wives and widows of our brave soldiers have been successful, as will be seen by the correspondence published below. A lot of army cloth is to be sent to this State to be given out to them to work up into army clothing. The Soldier’s Aid Societies should take hold of the matter without delay :
ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER’S OFFICE, U.S.A. }
MADISON, WIS., January 11, 1865. }
His Excellency, the Governor of Wisconsin :
SIR :—I have the honor to state that information has been received at this office from the Quartermaster General, U. S. A., that material for the manufacture of seventeen thousand (17,000) pairs of army uniform trowsers,¹ will be forwarded to me without delay, to be made so far as possible by such wives, widows and other female relatives of Wisconsin soldiers, now in the field, or who have fallen there, as may be in want.
As a necessary precaution to guard against loss of material through irresponsible parties, it will be required that work thus given out, be vouched for by responsible persons who from benevolent motives will become security.
I shall be pleased to receive from you, suggestions as to who are the needy ones, and to distribute the work as soon as the material arrives.
. .Very respectfully, &c.
N. B. VAN SLYKE, Capt. and A. Q. M.
N. B. Van Slyke, Captain and A. Q.M., Madison :
SIR—Yours of the 11th inst., stating that material for the manufacture of seventeen thousand (17,000) pairs of army uniform trowsers will be forwarded to you by the Q. M. General of the U. S. A., to be made as far as possible by such of the wives, widows and other female relatives of Wisconsin soldiers now in the field, or who have fallen there, as may be in want, and requesting suggestions from me as to the distribution of said work, is received.
In reply, I would suggest that you cause the work to be placed in the hands either of the Soldiers’ Aid Societies, or of responsible and patriotic persons, in different parts of the State, who will distribute the same in such manner as will most benefit the soldiers’ families.
. .J. T. LEWIS,
. .Governor of Wisconsin.
1. Today, an obsolete spelling of trousers, but an acceptable spelling in the 19th century.