‘Female raid’ marker to be dedicated Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 31, 2013

SALISBURY — About 40 wives and mothers of Confederate soldiers invaded Salisbury 150 years ago and convinced local merchants to share flour, salt and other much-needed staples.
Although the Salisbury “female raid” (as it was called by the press) 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.
The Salisbury Public Art Committee and Bread Riot will dedicate a marker commemorating the Female Raid of 1863. The marker is the 20th in the Salisbury History and Art Trail.
Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell will welcome guests at 3 p.m. Friday at the West Fisher Street entrance to First United Methodist Church in the 100 block of West Fisher Street.
The dedication will include a brief presentation by re-enactors in full period costume depicting the event.
The public is invited to the dedication and a reception immediately following.