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From: "Carol Robinson" <>
Subject: Re: [CIVIL-WAR] What is scraping lint?
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 09:46:19 -0500
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Would anyone happen to know the tune or music that this was song to?

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Subject: Re: [CIVIL-WAR] What is scraping lint?


> Here's a little song about "Picking Lint" Thought you might enjoy
>
> PICKING LINT
> J. W. Barker
>
> Plying the busy fingers
> Over the vestments old,
> Not with the weary needle,
> Not for some grains of gold;
> Thinking of fainting heroes,
> Out in the dreary night,
> Smitten in Freedom's battle,
> First in the gallant fight --
>
> CHORUS:
> O, bright are the jewels from love's deep mint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint.
>
> Quicker, the blood is flowing,
> Hundreds were slain today,
> And every warm pulsation
> Is stealing life away.
> "A hundred threads a minute,
> A hundred drops of gore,"
> The sad and thrilling measures
> We've never learned before --
>
> CHORUS:
> The shadows are weaving a silver tint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint.
>
> We've clad the fallen heroes
> With garments we have made,
> By light we now are picking,
> The fearful tide be stayed;
> We lift our hearts to Heaven,
> Our Father's blessings crave,
> Behold our smitten country,
> O bless the fallen brave --
>
> CHORUS:
> O, bright are the jewels from love's deep mint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint,
> God bless the fingers while picking the lint.
>
> ********
>
> Women from both the North and the South pulled lint from old clothes and
the
> lint was then made into an absorbent packing which the surgeons in the
> military hospitals to try to stop bleeding.
>
> In a message dated 02/23/2002 5:23:14 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
>
> > Hi everyone! I'm transcribing 1860s Civil War articles from a local
> > newspaper. One little blurb states "Twenty little ladies met at the
house
> of
> > the editor Saturday and scraped lint all afternoon for our wounded
> > soldiers." What is this? For bandages? What did they scrape to get the
> lint?
> >
>
>
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