Gray Wool Socks No man, woman, or child should be in the field without an extra pair. A good pair of wool socks were one of the greatest delights a solider, Union or Confederate, enjoyed during the Civil War. Winslow Homer's engraving "Christmas Boxes in Campâ€”Christmas 1861," which appeared on the
cover of the January 4, 1862, Harper's Weekly, depicted a group of soldiers
joyfully receiving a crate of gifts, including new stockings. John L. Hayes, a wool
lobbyist, called stockings, "...the class of clothing the most indispensable
for the health and comfort of our soldiers."
Our wool socks are 84% Wool, 15% Nylon and 1% Spandex.
Women and girls often enclosed notes offering Christian instruction,
encouragement, or even jokes along with their stockings to the military camps
and hospitals. Teenage girls, finding the idea of corresponding with a soldier romantic,
wrote notes such as this one published in Mary A. Livermore's My Story of
the War: "MY BRAVE FRIEND,â€”I have learned to knit on purpose to knit socks for the
soldiers. This is my fourth pair. My name isâ€”and I live inâ€”. Write to me, and
tell me how you like the foot-gear and what we can do for you. Keep up good
courage, and by and by you will come home to us. Won't that be a grand time,
though? And won't we turn out to meet you, with flowers and music, and cheers and
embraces? 'There's a good time coming, boys!'" 1865 Engraving from, "The Tribute Book: A Record of Munificence, Self-Sacrifice and Patriotism of the American People during the War for the Union"