The well-to-do women of Springfield, Illinois form a "Loyal Ladies League"
The Springfield Loyal Ladies League was formed at a large meeting held in the Second Presbyterian Church in the city. A constitution was agreed and more than two hundred and fifty women signed a pledge of membership. The gathering elected Mrs. S.H. Melvin as president of the new group, with Mrs. John Williams and Mrs. James C. Conkling as vice-presidents. (By John Osborne)
"Springfield Letter: Special Correspondence of the Chicago Tribune," Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1863, p. 2.