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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Ok, NOW You Can Cry, Harper's, 1865

    We have a lot of these because war made widows. There's a column of Union soldiers marching off in the distance, a weeping widow by her husband's grave. War seems to have toned down social strictures on crying as the recourse to pain but we remained a little adamant over it objections across the...
  2. Mike Serpa

    Mary Todd Lincoln: How Many Mourning Dresses?

    How many mourning dresses had Mrs. Lincoln? Which did she wear to her husband's funeral? Not quite sure how long the mourning period was but I assume a woman might wear more than one dress during during her time of grief. Three of her sons died at young age. Would she a different dress to each...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Why All The Mourning? Our Ancestors Process Death

    Currier and Ives sold a series you could buy for a loved on killed by the war. Pre-printed with dat ' 186x ' you filled in the blank, the name and battle. It wasn't stuffed away in a drawer. You hung it on your wall while saying a long goodbye. Something interesting on an SUV’s back window, a...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Who We Held Dear, Our Ancestors' Mute Testimonials

    This child's face is worth any 1,000 words glued together. She seems a little pre-war or at least very early, man in photo may not be a soldier. Little girls lost fathers, more between 1861 and 1865 than we'd ever conceived when all the flag waving started. This practice associated with mourning...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Habiliments Of Mourning; What Color, Death? Virginia 1861

    Festooning ourselves, especially widows in yard upon yard of black fabric as a social norm after the death of a loved one seemed an accepted practice so embedded in our culture we never question it.' Widows weeds' was the insouciant term, maybe an indication this ' norm ' was not as popular as...
  6. LoyaltyOfDogs

    GNMP Announces Its 2019 Winter Lecture Series

    The Gettysburg National Military Park has announced its 2019 Winter Lecture Series and Battlefield Books Series. Lectures begin Saturday, Jan. 5. This year's books are Dr. Peter Carmichael's new title "The War For the Common Soldier" and Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering: Death...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    " Bury Me In The Morning, Mother ", Foster Composes War

    What seemed so maudlin, these wrenching memorials and more wrenching songs of the era were not. An alleged Victorian mania for all-things-death not withstanding, artists continually reminded us what we were doing to each other. Stephen Foster, from Hathitrust, in public domain AS usual...
  8. LoyaltyOfDogs

    A sorrowful homecoming for Capt. Hostetter, 34th IL Infantry, and his dog

    One morning after the Battle of Atlanta, as he led a reconnaissance party, Capt. Amos W. Hostetter of Company I, 34th Illinois Infantry, was shot and mortally wounded by Confederate sharpshooters hidden in nearby woods. “The captain was held in high esteem by everyone with whom he came in...
  9. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion Wearing a 19th-Century Mourning Veil/Crape Could Result in Death!

    Illustration depicting a widow mourning at a graveside. Illustrated by George John Pinwell. Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images Wearing a 19th-Century Mourning Veil Could Result in — Twist — Death Grieving for a loved one sometimes caused rashes, irritation, and one’s own...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    One, More Widow, A Fredericksburg Last Letter Home

    You bought these prints, filling in the tomb inscription. This LoC print was someone's momento- a clip from a newspaper has been carefully placed inside this one. No idea whose or even if it was a war casualty. What matters is the grief. Another widow. Anna's letter let her know she was yet...
  11. sjw83071

    Upcoming Event- Mourning Customs and Battlefield Tour, Kinston NC

    Lunch and learn on Victorian mourning customs and a battlefield tour of the First Battle of Kinston by Dr. Lonnie Blizzard. Lunch will be provided by Hawk's Nest Cafe during the presentation. Kristan Phillips, a staff member from the Maritime Museum at Southport will be giving the presentation...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    The Art of Victorian Hair Wreaths

    Taking hair and weaving it into memorial pieces has been done for hundreds of years as a way to remember a loved one. There are several interesting threads on this topic in The Ladies Tea. However, not all Victorian hair wreaths were created for mourning. Churches, schools and other groups...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    We Were At This Awhile, Mourning, Watered-Down By 1861

    Admittedly, a lower income citizen of Brussels in the era would have passed into Eternity with less fanfare. Point of the thread is, as elaborate as mourning was, in the 1860's, it had settled down quite a bit. Women still bore the lion's share of the dye pot but gone were expectations that...
  14. Cavalry Charger

    Remembering the Dead

    Can anyone tell me how the families at home grieved and remembered the dead when the mortal remains of so many soldiers were never returned home? What was the response in homes, villages, towns in the aftermath of battles? Were there memorial services? Were they for individuals or multiple...
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