(AP) -- Visitors attending the "Civil War Saturdays" program this
week at the Old State Capitol in Springfield
can help make supplies like those that went to aid Union troops.
The theme of the Saturday afternoon program
is "Antietam (an-TEE'-tem) Aftermath:
Appeal for Assistance." It will focus on the role of the Soldiers' Aid
Society. That group of women met at the Capitol to make and collect supplies to
send to Union troops.
There will be four stations where
participants can help make supplies, including bandages.
The society knitted and sewed for the war
effort. Members also sought food and clothing from the community to be sent to
sick and wounded soldiers who were recovering at hospitals like the one at Camp Butler