During the Civil War, it was very rare to find a woman sitting idly without knitting something for "the boys" on either side of the war. Wool socks were always in demand. When hospitals received shipments of them, it was a common practice to first give socks to those with one foot or leg amputated, thereby doubling the reach of their supply.
If one of these ladies were my great grandmother, it would explain a lot about me. -