Vicki Betts, professional librarian ath the University of Texas at Tyler, maintains a website with her exhaustive research on the Civil War.
Her homepage can be found here: http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/
The following newspaper references are from her research archives: http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/blankets.htm
|From Phillip Katcher's "The Army of Robert E Lee:"||“Very few of them carry a knapsack, but most a haversack and blanket…
many of the blankets are made of old carpet, with very gay colours and almost
all have a hole in the middle, through which a man inserts his head when
the weather is cool, or when it rains….and the effect is marvelously
picturesque, especially when you see them lying or squatting down in
groups round a fire cooking their meals.”
|Little Rock] Weekly Arkansas Gazette, September 27, 1862, p. 1, c. 3
||"Make the Soldier Comfortable.—Major Gen. Holmes has made known to our people
generally, and to the ladies particularly, the fact that, if a supply is not gotten up at home,
many of our soldiers will lack blankets to make them comfortable and preserve their health,
during the approaching winter. The ladies here responded promptly and patriotically, many
of them giving the last carpet they have to be made into substitutes for blankets for the purpose.
We feel confident that the call will be cheerfully and fully responded to by the ladies
west of the Mississippi, to whom it is addressed.
All contributions of blankets, or substitutes for blankets, or clothes, will be forwarded to
Maj. Jno. B. Burton, Chief of the Clothing Bureau, Trans-Mississippi Department."
|Montgomery Weekly Advertiser, October 22, 1862, p. 2, c. 2
||"The Savannah Republican says that the proprietors of the Pulaski House of that city have
tendered all the carpets in their establishment to the Committee collecting clothing for the army.
There are 120 rooms in the house and the carpets will furnish 500 good blankets.
This is a splendid donation. All honor to the generous proprietors."
|[Little Rock] Weekly Arkansas Gazette, October 25, 1862, p. 1, c. 1
||Contributions for the Soldiers
—The Patriotism [of] the Ladies of Little Rock.—
Mr. Editor: But a short time ago, the ladies of Little Rock, of their own accord, held
|Natchez Daily Courier, November 5, 1862, p. 1, c. 1||"Two of the steamboats, unemployed on the river, have given their bedding, carpets, &c., to
Major Mims, to be used, as blankets for the Southern soldiers. An appeal is made to this city
and county, for similar appropriations. Better, far, that our extra blankets and all our carpets
should be in the hands of our brave volunteers, than they should be destroyed by Federal soldiers."
|Montgomery Weekly Advertiser, November 26, 1862, p. 2, c. 6||A Worthy Example.
We learn that the members of St. Paul's Church, in this city, have determined to take up the
|Clarke County [AL] Journal, January 8, 1863, p. 1, c. 5||Another Appeal to the Women of Alabama.
The troops of this State who are bravely defending your liberties, in the mountains
N.B.—All papers in the State will give this appeal one insertion and forward their
|Natchez Daily Courier, January 6, 1863, p. 1, c. 2||Blankets and Supplies for the Soldier.
We are prone to forget that there are many a poor soldier, who are yet without
|Savannah [GA] Republican, December 28, 1863, p. 2, c. 3||State Carpets for the Soldiers.
—The Montgomery Advertiser states that, in accordance with the requirements