mid-19th century style

  1. Eleanor Rose

    Stratford Hall: Robert E. Lee's Birthplace

    Stratford Hall located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Stratford Hall was the home of four generations of the Lee family of Virginia, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. This was the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee. As the Stratford Hall website points out: “The...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Should the Founders Be Blamed for the Civil War?

    Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison. The American Civil War is at the heart of the mid-19th century and this forum has numerous threads dedicated to how our Victorian friends dealt with it. I recently enjoyed a visit to Montpelier and since have enjoyed contemplating some of James...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    A Mysterious Window Etching

    On a recent trip to Virginia, I had the pleasure of staying at Belle Grove Plantation in King George. Belle Grove was the birthplace of President James Madison and witness to the American Civil War. Belle Grove belonged to the Carolinus Turner family during the war and I slept in the oldest...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    More Valuable Than Letters From Home

    Wash day at camp: A pair of "drawers" hangs to dry on the log support behind the ax-wielding soldier on the right. While we all enjoy reading about epic battles, soldiers, generals and the fearless women who supported them, mere underwear actually has a Civil War story to tell. Yes. You read...


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