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JPK Huson 1863

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So sorry, Belle, missed this article until now! Was looking for something else and finally saw it. Eveline Pigott! There's a name we should bring up again. I'm not interested in who was Northern or Southern- women in the war did some astonishing things. It took some courage to be Pigott- we'd shown our willingness to incarcerate women on both sides.
 

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This is from the diary of Belle Edmondson, an 18 year old girl living in Shelby County, Tennessee. She smuggled goods out of Union occupied Memphis:

March Wednesday 16, 1864
Went up Street directly after Breakfast to finish a little job I forgot on yesterday. At one o'clock Mrs Facklen, Mrs Kirk, and I began to fix my articles for smuggling, we made a balmoral of the Grey cloth for uniform, pin'd the Hats to the inside of my hoops - tied the boots with a strong list, letting them fall directly in front, the cloth having monopolized the back & the Hats at the side - All my letters, brass buttons, money, &c in my bosom - left at 2 o'clock to meet Anna at Mr Barbier's - started to walk, impossible that - hailed a hack - rather suspicious of it, afraid of small pox, weight of contrabands ruled - jumped in, with orders for a hurried drive... arrived at Pickets, no trouble at all, although I suffered horribly in anticipation of trouble.
 

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