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  1. Belle Montgomery

    The Effect of the Civil War on Southern Marriage Patterns

    By authors: J. David Hacker, Libra Hilde and James Holland Jones In 1864, the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger received a letter from H. R., who identified herself as an eighteen-year-old, unmarried woman from Buckingham County, Virginia. Hattie, as the editor called the anonymous...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Ring Turning: It Was All the Craze!

    Copyright by F.A. Stokes Co., 1905 (Printed in America) - Free to use with attribution to CC BY According to a 19th century New York newspaper story reprinted in many papers — including the Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 21, 1893 — young women in offices were acting mysteriously by reaching out...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    For Better, For Worse- We're On Our Way Back, Who Knew?

    Between Ebay, LoC and NYPL we have endless old treasures like this image illustrative of who we were. Because divorce was rare ( for quite a few reason ) it's extremely probable this couple fulfilled the part in their wedding vows reading ' Til death parts us '. BUT get this- we're getting back...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Duties of Husbands and Wives

    (Getty Images) Duties of Husbands and Wives (From Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms, 1891.) The Husband's Duty A very grave responsibility has the man assumed in his marriage. Doting parents have confided to his care the welfare of a loved daughter, and a trusting woman has risked...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " Marriage In Tennessee ", Building A Groom From Scratch

    Image from Godey's 1862 has always made me smile. A hopefully unrealistic illustration in that issue's wedding section includes this, five brides frilled to the gills. I found it a little surreal, too. Symbolism can be found in weird places. It wasn't intentional creating a thread on a topic...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Did Southern Belles Marry the Enemy?: It was an “Awful Possibility”

    The Reluctant Bride (1866) by Auguste Toulmouche. In 1864, the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger received a letter from H. R., who identified herself as an eighteen-year-old, unmarried woman from Buckingham County, Virginia. Hattie, as the editor called the anonymous letter writer...
  7. VikingGirlTBird!

    Did enlisted union soldiers do courtships with and get married to southern women during the ACW?

    Greetings Everybody! 1. During the American Civil War did enlisted men in the union army did courtship with and married southern women? 2. If so, how would the enlisted union soldiers met, do courtship with, and got married to southern women? 3. How common was it for enlisted union soldiers...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    The Rings We Wore Around Our Hearts, Eternal Bands, Eternal Bonds

    " Love-sick swains - Compose rush rings and myrtleberry chains - And stuck with glorious king cups, and bonnets - Adorn'd with lawrell slips, chaunt their love sonnets. " Rush rings braided from perishable grasses were once a signal a couple was not married. They were enjoying a less legally...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    And They Lived Happily Ever.... Wife Shopping At The Poor House, 1863

    We hear an awful lot about romantic preludes to weddings. OH the fluttering hearts, the shimmering, silver-lined future and weeping bridesmaids. it's a ' thing '. One couple, in 1863, bypassed the entire scene. One couple's inauspicious betrothal and marriage were accomplished inside a day...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Louisia's Wild Ride And A Second, Safe Landing, In The Arms Of The USCT

    Not Louisa but you catch her spirit, waving to the world from her perch above Pennsylvania. The world below was 1855. For the moment. Just a cool story. Not a story, something you bump into, taking you elsewhere, reminding us how interconnected is our world. Story of my life, while looking for...
  11. Cavalry Charger

    Ulysses in love

    'At West Point I had a classmate - in the last year of our studies he was roommate also - F.T. Dent, whose family resided some five miles west of Jefferson Barracks. Two of his unmarried brothers were living at home at that time, and as I had taken with me from Ohio, my horse, saddle and...
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