In Philadelphia, the empty Girard House Hotel becomes a giant army uniform factory
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)
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 760.