Richmond Dispatch, 7/28/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/28/1862, p. 1, c. 7

Woman in Man’s Apparel. – A young female named Maria Underwood, who was put in Castle Godwin some months since for coming here from Washington without any ostensible business, and who was afterwards discharged from there, was again yesterday brought before Assistant Provost Marshal Alexander, on an allegation which procured her recommitment thither. It appeared that Saturday Miss Underwood had presented herself in the guise of a soldier at the camp of the Palmetto Sharpshooters, (Longstreet’s division,) and expressed her desire to enlist. She made a very creditable looking soldier boy, and it is understood passed examination as such by one of the Surgeons, but another (being more foxey) discovered the cheat, and kindly admonished the party to get into more suitable habiliments. The intending soldier, however, hung around the camp until yesterday, when she came to town. Here being recognized by one of the Captains attached to the Palmetto regiment, she was reported to the Assistant Provost Marshal, who directed her to be brought before him, and sent her back to the Castle temporarily, for safe keeping. In this instance the conduct of the would-be son of Mars is not attributable to a love of adventure, but is regarded as the effect of the tender passion – one of the men attached to the regiment being the object of womanly solicitude.





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