Strike The Tent...
30 March 2006
  Hoosac Valley News & Transcript
September 18, 1862 -

THE SPIRIT OF SEVENTY-SIX-

A Lieutenant in the 10th regiment wrote to his wife, in this city, recently that he applied for leave of absence several times, and had been refused; but that he was coming home in October if he had to resign. His wife immediately replied "Don't you do it! Die first!" She told a friend of hers, with dewy eyes, that, "Charley was all she had on earth. She was destitute of father, mother sister, and brother; but "she had given Charley to God and her country, and she would not take him back." If anybody believes that the race has degenerated and patriotism has died out, or that the days of giving petticoats for cartridges, and spoons for bullets, has passed, let him read this statement and believe so no longer.
 
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