The Ladies' Southern Relief Fair opens in Baltimore.

A fundraising fair, the Ladies' Southern Relief Fair opened on this day in Baltimore, Maryland. The event divided the city since it was the brainchild of several former southern sympathizing women, including its chairperson, Jane Gilmore Howard, whose six sons all served in the Confederate Army.  No official city or state support was given and several city newspapers ignored it but the effort garnered $164,569.97 for the suffering South a significantly higher amount than the $86,000 the 1864 Sanitary Fair had raised in the city for the Union war effort.  (By John Osborne)

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"Maryland," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 469.

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