Members of the Soldiers Aid Society, Springfield, Illinois, c. 1863
    During the war, women were urged to "devote themselves, for a time, to the sacred service of their country."

In Lincoln's hometown, the Soldiers Aid Society collected clothing and supplies for the United States Sanitary Commission, a civilian agency organized to support the army.
 
Members of the Soldiers Aid Society, Springfield, Illinois, c. 1863

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