Civil War dresses

The novel’s fictional character Parthenia Leila Ellis, of course, wore full black mourning because she was a new widow. But her good friend, the historical figure Elisa Brownlow might have worn something like this pretty plum wheat dress with bell-shaped Pagoda sleeves. It was made by Civil War reenactor and dressmaker “sarahanne” of Virginia. Her Victorian Times blog features this dress and others of similar design and materials.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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