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  1. M

    Civil War women in Grand Rapids Michigan wearing Zouave uniforms.

    In 1861 when the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment was presented with a regimental flag in Grand Rapids, 20 young ladies were attired in red Zouave jackets and brown jockey caps trimmed in red, white and blue. Although not a military unit this does show Civil War era women wearing...
  2. wausaubob

    Discussion The other US manpower advantage.

    Surprisingly, there were 270,897 women employed in manufacturing in the US in 1860, according to the census. https://www2.census.gov/library/publications/decennial/1860/manufactures/1860c-22.pdf?# 71,153 in MA, 53,297 in NY, 36,539 in PA and 26, 497 in CT. So about 2/3rds in just those 4 states...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802-1876

    WOMEN WRITING THE WEST 2017 SCHOLARLY NONFICTION WILLA WINNER Women have always followed the troops, but military laundresses were the first to be carried on the rolls of the U.S. Army. They traveled and lived alongside the soldiers during two of the most important conflicts in United States...
  4. Brendan

    "The Woman's Harvest" - CW vet Robert Burdette reflects on mothers' experience of war

    Robert J. Burdette, Drums of the 47th. https://archive.org/details/drumsof47th00burd/page/n6
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Bad Girls, Smoking And Duels And Bloomers, Oh My!

    ' Bad ', not what you're thinking. For her era she's just behaving weirdly. She's from the ' first ' dress reform movement. There were two, one slightly before the one we see practiced during the war. Movement one adhered more to traditional notions of ' pretty '. The other really did not...
  6. gentlemanrob

    US Seward, Frances Adeline Miller

    Frances Adeline Miller Seward From A to Z - Women Born: September 25, 1805 Birthplace: Cayuga County, New York Father: Judge Elijah Miller 1772 – 1851 (Buried: Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York) Mother: Hannah Foote 1784 – 1811 Buried: Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Massachusetts)...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    " What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up, Little Girl? " What We Told Them

    Yes, it was a career. At one time dancers or any stage performer were low on societal totem poles. 20 years before the ACW women like Marie Taglioni revolutionized dance ( she was the first ballet dancer to perform on pointe, not just pose and gave us the tutu ), becoming a celebrity and darling...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " Hysterics " The Disease, Or, The Risks Of A Wretched And Useless Life

    You could weep gently into that piece of lace over major tragedy- it you had to. For awhile. Women risked a lot letting anyone know how they felt about pretty much anything. Ok, I admit this whole ' hysteria ' thing is a personal sore point. Mary Lincoln kicked out from her husband's deathbed...
  9. Belle Montgomery

    How did women get written out of Civil War history?

    Statues of men in uniform, Union and Confederate, astride their big horses, still dot the landscape of the North and the South: Brave men, no doubt, but where were the women during those bloody years? Consider not just what women suffered during the Civil War—bad enough—but what they did. Recall...
  10. SWMODave

    It's criminal to expose your cotton

    During the late war, a feminine rebel, a Memphian, and a widow, who shall go by the name of Mrs, C——, was going up the river on one of the Cairo packets, when she got Into an excited discussion with Col. S—. on the subject of the war. “You may overrun the whole South," said Mrs. C——, “you may...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Another ' Labor Saving Device ' For We Girls, 1861

    From a New England farmer's newspaper, 1861 You know the ubiquitous butter churn? It's always seemed like yet another exhausting chore. Ever try it? Remember a teacher in elementary school hammering home the lesson by actually bringing one to school. Kids took turns using that thing and after...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Rosie The Riveter's Grandmother, The Tough Kept Going

    It may not have taken much effort watching that ' home washer ' being put to use, perhaps the point of this advertisement. Like it was easy. Most of our ancestors were the girls using those things. That's a load of sodden laundry next to it and ever hang a wet sheet on the clothes line? It's a...
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    An Ill-Fated Day in Jackson, MS...And A Brooch (A testament to the women in the war effort)

    The headlines of The Weekly Mississippian that greeted it's Jackson, MS readers on November 6, 1862 was shocking: "A DARK DAY IN JACKSON" "...mangled bodies of men, women, and girls who had been employed in making cartridges were scattered in every direction!" Women, girls and children made up...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    War's Most Terrified Men Flee An Offensive, Cooper Union's Coup De Girl 1861

    Harper's published this image of the massive ladies meeting held in Cooper Union's ' Foundation Building ", April 1861. According to accounts 4,000 women attended a mass discussion about what would be their role providing relief and supporting men engaged in this war. A few men came. For awhile...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    Girl Talk, Or, Our Bilingual Ancestors

    " You're shaking like a blancmange my dear creepmouse. I assure you, passementerie tassles on that dress would put you in a bad box. You can't gammon me your new husband isn't a banging big-bug. I don't see him cutting his stick before the ceremony at sight of you, with or without...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Baby It's Cold Outside!

    There’s getting to be a slight chill in the air so it got me thinking about how my Victorian friends might have dressed to keep warm when they were outside. We’ve all seen pictures of women’s gowns with wide puffy sleeves. The sleeves were so big that they could not fit into the sleeve of a...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Trying to Look Pretty in the Mid-19th Century

    "Southern Belles" by Alan Maley In the Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information (1889), there is an entire chapter dedicated to the "secrets of beauty" because… "If women are to govern, control, manage, influence and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers...
  18. Belle Montgomery

    Nashville "She Rebel" determination:"Action" from good Southern Rights Women

    Written in the Nashville Daily Union 12/21/1862 More proof of those so-called "She Rebels" spunk and determination to help their men along with "peppery" letters referred to in @John Hartwell post: -hence my portrayal at reenactments sometimes gets questioned until they actually read my display!
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian "Bluestockings"

    "In the Library" by August Toulmouche, 1872. The Victorian “bluestocking” was defined as, “a stiff, stilted, queer literary woman of a dubious age.” This stereotype actually made its way into an 1883 edition of the Popular Encyclopedia, where a “bluestocking” was defined as a “pedantic female”...
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