April 16, 1862 issue of the WEEKLY STANDARD (Raleigh, North Carolina)
   Transcribed and Posted by Myrtle Bridges February 09, 2003

Mr. Editor: A very intelligent lady remarked in my presence today, that she thought the 
soldiers in the camps ought to send all of their old socks, dirty and worn as they may be, to 
the "Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Societies:" that if they would do so, the ladies would have them 
washed and footed, and in readiness for next winter. She gave it as her opinion, that unless 
something of the kind is done, there will be a scarcity of woolen socks before another 12 months 
shall have passed away. I felt that the remark was a very sensible one, and that we ought to 
profit by it. It would be a very easy matter for our soldiers to box up their old socks, and 
send them either by one of the own number, or by some friend who might be on a visit to the 
camp, to the "Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Societies" at home. Our men in the tented field would do 
better to heed the humble suggestion of a noble hearted lady, than have frost-bitten heels and 
toes. A. Louis

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