Category Archives: Civil War clothing

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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A reenactor explains the cavalry

Cavalry played no part at all in the attack on Fort Sanders and little enough in the whole Siege of Knoxville. But General Joseph Wheeler’s rebel cavalry had an early role, and that’s my excuse for including this good video … Continue reading

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USCT Reenactors

Reenactors of the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., in period clothing, presumably portraying the wives and mothers of the United States Colored Troops, such as the ones who served in Knoxville.

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Reprise: Chicken Guts

“The men call them ‘chicken guts,’” fictional Confederate Major Clayton Ellis tells his wife, Parthenia Leila Ellis, in the novel. He was sheepishly referring to the fancy gold braid on the sleeves of his new uniform coat tailored in Nashville. The thickness … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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