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  1. Claude Bauer

    Are gold wedding bands FARBY?

    Short answer: yes. I've often wondered about how "authentic" it is to have hundreds, even thousands, of male reenactors portraying Civil War soldiers while wearing gold wedding bands on the ring finger of their left hand. I've seen reenactors rake each other over the coals regarding...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Where There's A War There's A Way, I Now Pronounce You Soldier And Wife

    LoC image, another Currier and Ives variety so much beloved by our ancestors is actually entitled " The Soldier's Bride ", cool stuff albeit extremely romanticized. That's ok. We needed as much romance as could be dredged up during a war. Shamelessly making use of a few Happy Ever After...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Tales Of Two Mary Todd Lincolns, Pick One

    Brady image, LoC . Which Mary is which? That's not a trick question, either. History presents her in such wildly divergent ways there may as well have been two. “Lady of Lincoln, They wreathed her head With thorns when living, With nettles though dead.” MarIon Mills Miller Just pulled my dyed...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Period Ohio Wedding Cake: It Isn't Just for Weddings

    Antique Photograph Cabinet Card of Wedding from Duluth, MN (c.1890s) This recipe for “Ohio Wedding Cake” comes from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book, published in 1846. It calls for almost the exact same ingredients and proportions as Lydia Maria Child’s 1830s recipe, but the instructions...
  5. DBF

    A Wedding Calls; as Richmond Falls

    “Now Northern goods are out of date; And since old Abe's blockade, We Southern girls can be content With goods that's Southern made. We send our sweethearts to the war; But, dear girls, never mind-- Your soldier-love will ne'er forget The girl he left behind.” Carrie Bell Sinclair...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    "Wife Wanted" Missouri, Godey's Lady's Book Lends Cupid A Hand (With Footnotes)

    A letter Sarah Hale had the kindness ( and sense of humor ) to print deserves a bride out of Godey's Lady's Book This is wonderful. Little pre-war, Godey's received a letter that must have tickled Hale- she printed it. Some terms and references might be obscure- thought I'd add footnotes...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    A Time Out In Camp, Captain Emory Marries His Massachusetts Angel

    War time couples did not have a chance at this, bridesmaids, suited gents and families bearing witness. Some took the chance at happiness anyway, a huge gamble in a war with a steadily increasing casualty list. From reading accounts, ' wedding in camp ' stories were on the rise. What's cool...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    November 12, 1863, The Wedding On 6th And E Streets

    Harpers helped satisfy American curiosity about the Chase-Sprague nuptials, giving us tantalizing glimpses like the Tiffany tiara, bracelet and earrings that floated down the aisle at 6th and E Streets, Washington, DC with Kate. By 1863 a war weary public greeted what amounted to an American...
  9. 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...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    War's Wedding Dance, A Bride On Stone's River Eve, 1862

    Dancing at weddings is a centuries-old tradition, denoting joy and perhaps enabled by wedding feast libation. An 1862 bride's wedding tradition was trampled beneath war's insistent beat. If this had been my wedding, or my daughter's someone would have been face down in the punch bowl. A...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Waud's Wedding Gift, To Nellie And Her Captain

    If I could go back in time and meet any, single person from the war? Alfred Waud. Finding himself between carnage and hope, to our great delight he documented as story book, fairy tale a scene as ever climbed a beanstalk. Drums of war an altar, beneath canvas and stars, tulle, satin and...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Best ' Just Married ' Couple Ever, Sorry Victoria!

    Couldn't resist this. Found on Ebay, how could anyone bear giving these two up? Sorry to post so extensively on just, one couple. If any two deserve a look back through Time, on what has to have been their wedding day, it is these two. Wedding photos came in all forms- there's a thread...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    It's A Nice Day For A Blue Wedding..... Or Several

    The first documented, white wedding dress was worn in 14o6. Philippa of England wore white as a squirrel-and ermine lined, white silk tunic. We do not know why. In 1559 Mary, Queen of Scots wore white, the color of mourning in France when she married Frenchman Francis Dauphin. Seems risky but...
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