During the civil war two of my cousins, Miss Jimmie Hardin and Miss Lizzie Hardin were banished from Kentucky by the Federal authorities. They were escorted by six soldiers. Reaching the mountains ot Tennessee the two ladies drew pistols and caught the caught the two guards unaware. The men made no resistance, saying they did not want to harm women. The two women marched off with the revolvers cocked, made their way through an unknown country and finally reached the Confederacy unaided. Both were expert shots and felt capable of caring for themselves under any circumstances, the knowledge of firearms giving them this confidence.
Roosevelt left New York to organize the Rough Riders because the men selected, the Westerners, were everyone a crack shot. If marksmanship be taught in the schools, in case of war you can organize an army in half the time. If women can shoot they can say to the men "Go to the front; we can take care of the home."--Philadelphia North American.