Monday, May 22, 2017

Vivandière with the Louisiana Tigers in New Orleans, 1861

The battalion's Vivandière

The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.): September 19, 1861

Arrest of a New Orleans vivandiere.
The Memphis Avalanche of the 11th inst. contains the following in relation to the arrest of a vivandiere in that city:

‘ It seems that some of the Louisiana Regiments have vivandieres attached to them, and their services in Virginia have been spoken of in the highest terms. One of these devoted women, named Helen Voskius, of about twenty years, who accompanied her regiment to Virginia, arrived here yesterday. Her hair was plaited, and her jaunty cap, bloomer pants and close fitting coat, rendered her the observed of all observes. Everybody could see that she was a woman, and some of our police, not being acquainted with such a uniform for the gentler sex, arrested her. She was taken to the station house, the matter explained and Capt. Klink at once set her at liberty. We are sorry that the lovely vivandiere should have been incommoded, and on the part of our citizens generally beg leave to offer our best apology. 

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