By: Virginia Gunn
Women, sending their loved ones off to war, eagerly sought ways to contribute to their well-being. Their great desire to help spared the government any necessity of having to gain support. It is estimated that more that 20,000 soldiers’ aid societies were formed in the entire country, with approximately two-thirds of them in the North. Aid society members cut, sewed, and knitted thousands of articles for Northern soldiers during the four years of the Civil War, including significant numbers of quilts and comforters.