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Clothing of the Civil War Era

From: Faye Parker <fairplay51@yahoo.com>
DearMYRTLE,
I administrate over 50 lists and groups. I don't mind what people discuss as long as its genealogy or history related, even posting interesting links. I mean who knows what someone else is seeking????. But I often ban people who argue, post ads, or who don't know the difference between genealogy and gynecology. I mean discussing who was the 1st Republican female governor is different from who and why you voted for someone. or what was a shaker, Quaker or the templers as opposed to quoting Bible verses. To me trying to understand my ancestor's world, involves, clothing, religious beliefs, shopping, illnesses, jobs and a million and one other details. Can you imagine 100 years from now someone trying to figure out our world??? I don't even understand it myself sometimes. *blush*

Camp Dress  (2 piece matching blouse and skirt set)

Ladies Civil War Clothing

Dear Faye,
I CAN imagine, because I am currently immersed in the discovery of the typical casual day wear for the wives of my Union Civil War ancestors. It IS very hard to get out of the current fashion mind set. I've used the following links to try to do some research:

I've also ordered this book from http://www.Amazon.com

  • Civil War Ladies: Fashions and Needle-Arts of the Early 1860's by R. L. Shep, Mark Campbell

I've also listed the following books to check out at the library next time I go:

  • The everyday clothing of rural women at the time of the Civil War by Ary VanSteamburg 
  • Clothing guidelines for the Civil War Era by Janet Burgess
  • Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book by Stella Blum

Do any of my readers have experience with US Civil War reenacting? I plan to be one who makes beeswax dipped candles. First I have to get better at doing it over a double boiler in the kitchen, then I plan to expand to doing it over a fire.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
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