Feeding the Hungry: The Soldiers’ Lunch House of Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippians in the Confederate Army

Thousands of Mississippians served in the Confederate army from 1861 – 1865, and one very important source of support for these soldiers were the civilians at home. In particular, the ladies of Mississippi went to great lengths to make sure their menfolk had sufficient clothes, food, and medicine during the war.

Many military aid societies were formed during the Civil War by Mississippi women, but unfortunately documentation on the work done by these organizations is hard to come by. One such group that I have been able to document fairly well is the Ladies Military Aid Society of Jackson.

The Ladies Military Aid Society of Jackson was formed in 1861, and the earliest mention of them  I have found is an article from The Weekly Mississippian, September 4, 1861, in which the Aid Society of Jackson praised a group of ladies from Rankin County who made 142 garments for soldiers…

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