Saturday, March 4, 2017

LaGrange vs. LaGrange in Georgia

From Mort Kunstler's 2017 March Civil War calendar.

LaGRANGE, GEORGIA, APRIL 17, 1865.

As with most military conflicts, the call to duty depletes the male population who marches off to war.  Sometimes the war comes to town, requiring women to take up arms in defense of their homes and firesides.

On April 17, 1865, the LaGrange, Georgia, all female militia known as the "Nancy Harts" was required to take this type of defensive action.

They marched to meet the advancing Union cavalry led by Col. Oscar H. LaGrange.  Outgunned and outnumbered, the women, the women peacefully surrendered, and in return the Union troops spared the town's population and property.

This encounter took place one week after the surrender at Appomattox.

The painting shows the ladies in dresses standing their ground with weapons raised as the Union cavalry comes into town.

Brave Women.  --Old Secesh

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