City dedicates marker to commemorate ‘female raid’

  • Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 12:31 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 1:20 a.m.
Carol Rathbun and Dianne Hall, Civil War re-enactors, speak at the dedication of the ‘Female Raid’ marker placed on West Fisher Street to commemorate the time during the Civil War when the women of Rowan County went to the local stores demanding fair prices for food.  photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post
Carol Rathbun and Dianne Hall, Civil War re-enactors, speak at the dedication of the ‘Female Raid’ marker placed on West Fisher Street to commemorate the time during the Civil War when the women of Rowan County went to the local stores demanding fair prices for food. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — Rain on Friday didn’t prevent the city from dedicating the 20th marker on the Salisbury History and Art Trail.

A small crowd enjoyed a re-enactment of the “female raid,” as the press dubbed an event 150 years ago when about 40 wives and mothers of Confederate soldiers invaded Salisbury and convinced local merchants to share flour, salt and other much-needed staples.


The Salisbury Public Art Committee and Bread Riot dedicated the marker commemorating the Female Raid of 1863.

The First United Methodist Church porte cochere offered a stage for the re-enactors and dry vantage point for attendees to see the marker without getting soaked. 

Although the Salisbury “female raid” is eclipsed in history books by the famous bread riot in Richmond, the hungry and destitute women of Rowan rose up a full two weeks before their Virginia sisters.

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