The Anderson Independent Mail has an interesting article by Kirk Brown highlighting the service of Southern women during Lincoln’s invasion in the 1860s. The article also includes many pictures of a recent Southern heritage memorial service in South Carolina:
The keynote speaker at a Confederate memorial service in Anderson Saturday paid homage to women who served as spies and fought on the battlefield during the Civil War [sic].
Martha Van Schaick, president general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, devoted a portion of her speech to a young West Virginia woman named Belle Boyd who “used her femininity to mask her work as a Confederate spy.”
After describing Boyd’s service to the South, the article speaks more generally about Southern women during the war:
While highlighting the daring exploits of several women, Van Schaick also noted that the vast majority of Southern women struggled at home during the Civil War [sic]….
“These women are the true steel magnolias of the South,” Van Schaick said. “The great majority kept the crops growing, the factories running and tended the children.”
“These women have earned our undying respect,” Van Schaick said. “As long as we remember, they will never be forgotten.”
State Sen. Daniel Verdin also spoke at the service, recalling how his great-great-grandfather left his farm near Townville at age 19 to serve in the war.
Verdin, a Republican from Laurens, also said members of the news media have asked him to repudiate the legacy of his ancestors during events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War [sic].
But, Verdin said, it is modern society that deserves to be repudiated.
“You want to take 21st century America and compare it to the 19th century America and you want to take it as a whole and you want to identify a good society? It is a no-brainer,” he said. “We didn’t have issues of homicide by child abuse 150 years ago. We didn’t have the issues of spousal abuse.”
“We are not descended from evil people,” Verdin said. “We are not descended from people who maintained an evil civilization.
“It is very important that we remember today, that we remember tomorrow,” he said. “Remember, don’t retreat and never repudiate.”