February 20, 1863: Battle of the Handkerchiefs

Women of New Orleans

 

Union veterans often noted that the most determined rebels that they encountered during the War were not the men, but the ladies of Dixie.  So it was on February 20, 1862 in New Orleans.  Approximately 400 Confederate prisoners of war were to be placed aboard a steamboat and taken upriver to be exchanged for Union soldiers.  A huge number of women, some accounts say 20,000, gathered on the New Orleans levee to cheer the prisoners, wave their handkerchiefs at them and sing Confederate songs. (more…)

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