August 6 1862 - Washington Co. females in soldiers clothing
Washington County Females in Soldiers Clothing.—
A Correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer, writing from Gen. Pope's Army at Culpepper Court House, under date of July 28, gives an account of the discovery of two females in soldier’s clothes, who stated that they were from this county, the one from Hagerstown and the other from Sharpsburg. We copy the Correspondent’s description of them :—
“Amongst other interesting items that we [?] had here, were two girls dressed in soldier's clothes.— They have been following one of the brigades here for some time past. They accompanied, for a portion of the time, the ammunition train, and also the signal corps. Upon their arrival in Culpepper Court House, a few nights since, they were arrested by the Provost Marshal, and confined in an upper room of the Court House. In company with Captain Fitzgerald, I visited the room where the young ladies had been placed for safe keeping. Upon entering the room, we found the two she-soldiers dressed in blue blouses, shirts and pants. One of them set in the window, whistling as merry as a mocking bird.
The other lay fast asleep upon the hard floor. Both of them had their hair elegantly parted, (a la sterner sex,) and really resembled two fine looking boys of sixteen and eighteen years of age. Upon entering into conversation with the wide-awake, she informed me that she was from Hagerstown, Md., and that her companion in adventure resided in Sharpsburg, Md. She stated that their lovers were enlisted men in the brigade, and that she and her companion were sharing the chances of war with them. Aside from the feminine tone of the voice neither one of the girls would have been recognized as anything else but “bold soger boys"
Although the scene was novel, and bore a sort of romance about it, at the same time it gave rise to many melancholy thoughts. Either one of the characters, had they been dressed in their proper apparel and been at home under the care of kind mothers, would have been ornaments to their homes. War has some singular matters connected with its varied workings, but none are stranger than this."
We have not heard that any of the girls of Hagerstown or Sharpsburg have mysteriously disappeared from their homes, and the question naturally suggests itself, who are these would-be soger boys ? Can any one tell?
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