Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Petition from Philadelphia Women Employed at an Arsenal to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, 07/29/1862

This is a petition from the National Archives from women and children working at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia. They are begging Secretary of War Stanton not to eliminate their jobs, as there was talk of doing. In the abscense of men, these women were dependent on these wages.

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