from the May 26th, 1863 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune,
page 3, column 2.
Post tells, with suspicious detail, the story of Annie Lillybridge,
a Detroit maiden, who "was employed in a dry goods stone in Detroit,
where she became acquainted with a Lieutenant W---, of one of the Michigan
regiments, and an intimacy immediately sprang up between them. They corresponded
for some time, and became much attached to each other. Some time during
last summer Lieut. W -- was appointed to a position in the 21st Michigan
infantry, then rendezvousing in Ionia county. The thought of parting from
the gay Lieutenant nearly drove he mad, and she resolved to share his dangers
and be near him. No sooner had she resolved upon this course that she proceeded
to act. Purchasing male attire, she visited Ionia, enlisted in Capt. Cavanagh's
company, 21st regiment. While in camp she managed to keep her secret from
all - not even the object of her attachment, who met her every day, was
aware of her presence so near him," &c. Annie campaigned with
the regiment for some time was recently shot in the arm while on picket
duty, discharged on account of her arm becoming stiff when healed, and
was found friendless in the streets of Chicago weeping by side her carpet
bag. If the Post's story is true, she is in Detroit at this moment
and can, if she exists and is communicative corroborate the above story.
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