This past week, WHILBR (Western Maryland’s Historical Library) posted a link on Facebook that caught my eye. It also reminds me… it’s been a while since I’ve written about my people up that way.
Anyway, what strikes me is that the article (below) pinpoints such loyalty to the ladies of Clear Spring, Maryland. Indeed, both Four Locks (where my third great grandparents, Cyrus and Kate, resided) and Clear Spring (where my third great grandfather’s sisters… Elizabeth and Mary…resided) were known for their outward displays of devotion to the Union.
The Ladies OF CLEARSPRING.—
No loyal ladies in the county, State or Union excel those of Clearspring in heartfelt zeal and devotion to the glorious cause of the country. They have been among the foremost and most untiring of the fair daughters of our county in administering to the wants of the sick soldier, in appreciating his services on the field of battle, and in encouraging him to renewed efforts for the vindication of a violated Constitution by extending to him substantial aid and comfort. Recently, they have given another gratifying evidence of their devoted patriotism, as we learn from an Annapolis Correspondent of the Baltimore American, who thus writes about them to that paper : —
We take pleasure in informing the public, through this column of the American, that on the 5th instant the members of Co. F, Capt Whittier, received as, a token of regard from the loyal ladies of Clear Spring District, Md., one of the most beautiful American flags I have ever looked upon. It is of medium company size, elegantly made of the best material, and was gotten up at a cost of seventy-five dollars. Let us say to you that such token of remembrances this is much more flattering to the soldiers, in the field than all the buncum speeches that are made. There are too many speeches- making patriots. The best way to serve our country is to take the musket and repair to the field ; or if this cannot be done by all, let those who remain at home give a loaf of bread or a garment or a load of fuel to render comfortable the wives, children and parents of those who go to do battle. This would give encouragement, hope and contentment to the soldier, for let us assure you that there are many in the field to-day whose hearts tremble with fear lest those left behind may want bread, and it is this idea that has caused many – many I say -soldiers to quit camp without leave, to visit the home where they fear want exists. God bless the loyal ladies of Clearspring District. They have the thanks not only of company F, but of the entire regiment with its commander, Colonel Maulsby. Let all the ladies of Maryland help the soldiers of Maryland and our word for it the hearts of their braves will throb at double-quick in response, and when they return “from the wars,” remembering their kindness, will make the better husbands and sweethearts.
Company F, 1st Md. Regt., Potomac Home Brigade.”
No, it doesn’t mention the loyal ladies by name, but as the Moore ladies were residents of that place, it sure makes me wonder if they were among those who received such praise… and what they did throughout the war. On top of that, Grandma Kate’s brother, Joseph, was also a boy in blue, in the Potomac Home Brigade.