The following excerpt is from a published narrative by a woman who volunteered, during the American Civil War 1861-1865.
The spirit of 1861 - THE AGONY OF THE NORTH
"The transition of the country from peace to the tumult and waste of war, was appalling and swift-but the regeneration of its women kept pace with it. They lopped off superfluities, retrenched in expenditures, became deaf to the calls of pleasure, and heeded not the mandates of fashion. The incoming patriotism of the hour swept them to the loftiest height of devotion, and they were eager to do, to bear, or to suffer, for the beloved country. The fetters of caste and conventionalism dropped at their feet, and they sat together, patrician and plebeian, Protestant and Catholic, and scraped lint, and rolled bandages, or made garments for the poorly clad soldiery."
Liver, Mary A., MY STORY OF THE WAR: A WOMAN'S NARRATIVE, Connecticut, A.D. Worthington and Company, 1889
A visit to the Professor . . . A Few Hints to Writers
"The literature in which bad spelling is a substitute for humor has greatly injured the language. In this, Thackeray and Professor Lowell, both highly educated men, have much to answer for. It is possible to write in a familiar manner without running into vulgarity, and we should be glad to see our young writers aim at the perspicuous expression, and eschew the abomination, so full of pretence of "fine writing" - for nothing is harder reading."
Campbell, A. J., A TRUE FRIEND, REFLECTIONS ON LIFE, CHARACTER AND CONDUCT. A COLLECTION., Ohio, Published by A. J. Campbell, 1880