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PA Civil War Era Newspaper Transcriptions - Virginia Hall, Vivandiere




New York Times - October 22, 1861



Miss Virginia Hall, Vivaniere

I recently met a Lieutenant of the Philadelphia Fire Zouaves (72nd PA Regiment), above the city, accompanied by a person, in appearance a fine looking young boy, uniquely dressed, but who I subsequently learned was MISS VIRGINIA HALL, the vivandiere of the regiment.

In person MISS HALL is above the medium height. She is a bright blonde, having a clear blue eye, and her light hair cut short like a lad's and parted on the side. Her nose is slightly retrousse, her mouth well formed and when she converses, even dentists might go mad at the display of so fine a set of teeth. Her uniform consists of a blue Zouave shirt, trimmed with some colored braid, a Zouave jacket of the same color and similarly ornamented, a tunic skirt, dark pants, Zouave light leather gaiters, extending from the knee down, a liberty cap with a red band, a blue top, a green sash, and a hospital steward's chevron. She wears a short sword and a small revolver attached to her belt. Decidedly her appearance is prepossessing,

MISS HALL is a Bostonian by birth; she received a fine education at one of the academic institutions on the Western Reserve, Ohio, and by her intelligence, fine conversational powers, and pleasing manners, she impresses those who form her acquaintance very favorably. She makes herself generally useful about the hospital, and renders whatever service she can to make the camp more comfortable. The Fire Zouaves take great pride in her, and quickly resent any imputations made against their vivandiere.




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