From the Richmond Dispatch, 5/21/1862, p. 2, c. 3

Children's Fair. – Among the many touching incidents connected with the war of independence, in which the South is now engaged, none will be more conspicuous than the part taken by the little girls of this city. They have manifested the deepest interest in the welfare of our brave defenders, and no effort has been spared which could contribute to the relief of the sick and wounded soldiers of the Confederacy. A striking instance of their patriotic devotion and generosity occurred a few days since. Little Mary Gill, Rosa George, and several of their young companions, conceived the idea of contributing all of their toys and pretty presents for a children's fair, to be devoted to the relief of the soldiers at Camp Winder. The fair was conducted by them with entire success, and resulted in the collection of one hundred dollars, which was paid over to the Army Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association for this purpose. The hearts of our soldiers will be cheered in the camp and in the hospital with the reflection that the sympathies of the pure and lovely girls of the South are ever with them.

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