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In Philadelphia, the empty Girard House Hotel becomes a giant army uniform factory

Girard House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1861
04/22/1861
Governor Curtin commandeered the empty Girard House Hotel in the center of Philadelphia as a military depot a few days before. It opened primarily as a great uniform sewing factory.  On the first day, large numbers of Philadelphia working women were employed, including two hundred cutters and enough seamstresses to sew a thousand uniforms a day.  Three days later, two thousand people were at work there. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 760.

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