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  1. Eleanor Rose

    History’s True Ice Queens

    Are you already dreading the impending winter cold? Well take a good look at the photograph above of a woman climbing a glacier in a billowing Victorian skirt. It may surprise you to learn (it certainly did me) that several Victorian females braved the ice in their petticoats during a time...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Sexual Profit in the 19th Century or NOT #ThemToo

    In reference to @Eleanor Rose excellent post I have to wonder about the antithesis stories of young women at the time and a common sad factor of how lust and being poor, desperate and devastated during war can tarnish even the purist of souls. Was it their choice? Many camp followers were...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Who Was the Original Southern Belle?

    Sally Ward Lawrence Hunt Armstrong Downs Who was the original Southern belle? I wish I knew. @NH Civil War Gal got me thinking about this when she inquired about the origin of the phrase, “Southern belle.” Probably like a lot of little girls growing up in the South, I was told the story of...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    Photos of Victorian Women by Mathew Brady From The 1860's- Dress/Hair Styles Galore!

    A few may be from the 70's but heh...these women lived during the war! … and now the actresses!
  5. Cavalry Charger

    Women on the Warpath

    The Confederate Government responded to rioutous women by seeking to make their needs a budgetary priority and meet their demands via Government policy. I find the last line of the following extract very interesting: 'Like all the riots that hit the CSA that spring the one in Richmond was...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    " Oh Give Me Back The Angelic Face Again ", The Age-Old Lament

    This illustration from one of the ' Lady's Companion ' books prevalent at the time ( and for decades before the war ) really rubs it in to we girls. Fleeting time, fleeting youth! Thread title is from Longworth, please excuse puns. He'd given this whole age thing some thought and seems so...
  7. Cavalry Charger

    Women and War

    I have noted on a couple of occasions here that women may be perceived as the 'instigators' for men to fight during the period of the Civil War. Actively encouraging men to fight, they created an expectation that men should do their duty or potentially suffer 'rejection' (for taking what would...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    The Civil War's Most Influential Women, Who Were They?

    " Lady Columbia " was originally symbolic of all of us, North and South. Based on Greek and Roman warrior goddesses with a good dose of belligerence thrown in, she stayed ' North ' in 1861 albeit was given no choice in the matter. Still, a kinda awesome symbol- women were as influential in the...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    The History of Tomato Clubs

    PHOTOGRAPH BY STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA I recently came across a relic that’s been preserved at the North Carolina State Archives - memoirs left by the NC Tomato Club girls, pioneers of small-patch gardening. As it turns out Tomato Clubs came to North Carolina under the leadership of...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Best Ever Carrot Recipe, Godey's 1861

    Put on your improbably fashionable apron, said the magazine and cook this up, one supposes, from the recipe section of the same magazine. Love to know if anyone accomplished either? From Godey's Lady's Magazine, 1861, this ' receipt ', recipe, nearly went under my radar. Carrots, lard...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    The Woolsey Nurses; A Shared War, With Love

    It's one of our most famous faces of compassion, of the war. George Anna, later Georgiana Woolsey. aka Cheller's user icon, for a reason. Nurse, fiercely compassionate, tireless healer, you see the attraction. Georgiana was ( is ) perhaps the most famous sister- her war career seems a...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    A Bilingual Guide; Your Great Great Grandmother Spoke Civil War

    From LoC, any self respecting ad agency may now quit. Delightful? Fewer and fewer of us will recognize what on earth ' lard ' may be, much less ' refined lard '- or its genesis. Or uses. Our ancestors knew and this ad would have sold Fairbanks by the 20 pound block. CWT needs a light-ish...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    " Georgeanna, Your Sister Is Dead ", Ginnie Wade , July 3, 1863

    Tipton's era ( ish ) photo of Georgeanna McClellan's half of the duplex shows the old basement doors entered from the street. Her sister's body was carried there, a battle making burial hazardous. Mary Filey Wade, Harry Wade, Ike Brinkerhof, Lewis Kenneth McClellan and mother Georgia huddled...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Southern Women's Household Wizardy, What Blockade? Please Add Yours!

    Diving deep into long forgotten cupboards, discovering secrets left behind by great grandmothers and creating their own, Southern women challenged the Blockade and were astonishingly successful. NYPL image Putting this in the Food Forum largely because ' Food ' preoccupied female minds as heads...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    " American Ladies " And A Forever Marked Man, 1861

    In the midst of war, we had our fantastic, fantasy laden distractions. Images of an idyllic life out of some imaginary time, appeared with regularity in Godey's, Demorests and weirdly, Harpers and Leslie's, ' Paris Fashion ' next page over from war scenes. But we knew they were not real. Not...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    Gunboats, Fairs, Ladies And Assorted Southern Pistols.....

    You could use a LOT of imagery for this story. Bees, hives and do-not-get-in-the-way, win. Hang on, it's perfect, promise! Women across the South, working in cooperation, en mass- all a buzz. Whoa, what?? Thought I'd poke around in the topic of " Gunboat Quilts " yet again. Not a lot of...
  17. wausaubob

    Why did slavery need so much protection?

    Why did slavery need so much protection from the federal government? Why did secessionists assert that a government with abolitionist allies could eliminate slavery in the long run? Why didn't they have confidence that the arrangement was so powerful and flexible that it would not only survive...
  18. CharlotteEMcKay

    Recipients of the Kearny Cross Metal of Honor

    It is said that Charlotte E. McKay “had received a magnificent Kearny Cross, a medal of honor with the front inscription, ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori;’ and on the reverse, “Presented to Mrs. C. E. McKay, by the officers of the Seventeenth regiment Maine volunteers, May, 1863.”...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    " Disagreeable Girls ", A Harper's Weekly Lament, April, 1865

    The most legendary girls, disagreeably-wise, in all History ( albeit fictional ), Cinderella's stepsisters embody those skewered so well in Harper's print. The ' or else ', seems to follow along with what happens to those in fairy tales, too. So funny. End of war news, Lincoln's death, funeral...
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