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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 31, 1861

Augusta Article on Soldier Wearing Homespun Clothing

The Daily Constitutionalist of Augusta published a brief item on a colonel who was already choosing to wear home spun garments. Many would have no choice later in the Civil War, as the Union would blockade southern ports.

Home Industry. The Colonel has invested something in patronage in home industry. We observe that he has been wearing a homespun vest for the past few days; and he boldly asserts that it can be readily taken for “satin-striped” - at the proper distance. The vest may be coarse, but, after all, is it not the best course to patronise our own home productions?