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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 07, 1862

Ladies’ Fair in Augusta Changed Plans

The Daily Constitutionalist of Augusta reported that a local ladies’ fair had changed their purpose from raising money for a gunboat to aiding the sick soldiers in the city.

The Ladies’ Fair. We are authorized to state that the Ladies’ Fair, heretofore announced by “The Ladies’ Gunboat Association,” will commence this evening at 7 o’clock, at the Masonic Hall. The purpose of the Fair has, by unanimous vote of the ladies, been changed. Instead of going in aid of the construction of a Gunboat, the proceeds are to be appropriated to the relief of the sick soldiers in our city. This is a judicious change, and the ladies, in making it, have obeyed the promptings of their kind hearts, which are always right, and have shown that they justly comprehend where the money is most needed, and will do the most good. There is no lack of pecuniary means to complete the gunboat now in progress. As fast as the money is wanted to carry on that important work it will be furnished. But there is an immediate call for many comforts and delicacies for the sick soldiers thrown on our hospitality, to procure which will require money. Let there be a generous response by the community to this noble effort of our ladies in behalf of the sick soldiers. What claim on our patriotism is more sacred? We are informed that there will be no extortion at the Fair. The articles offered, having all been donated, will be sold at moderate prices.