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Mid-19th Century

Sometime between Reconstruction, this episode of MTV: True Life, and the hundred-thousandth wedding held on a plantation in South Carolina, the term Southern Belle became just another friendly identifier to put in your Twitter bio, a throwaway regional label no weightier than Cali Surfer Dude. But the difference between SoCal pride and honoring your Southern gentility is that the latter celebrates the ugliest stain in America's history.

The "Southern Belle" Is a Racist Fiction

gawker.com

Secret code in a cofederate's diary. He also said, "I hope the south will [lose] her last man and woman rather than suffer a northern negro Government..."

Civil War Officer's Secret Diary Entries Decoded

abcnews.go.com

Mrs Ed Zinn Lovely in Velvet Jacket Gingham Hoopskirt Fine Bonnet by Lochman'S | eBay. Medium-sized purse

Maine nurse at Benton's Barracks. Discusses plight of freedwomen working as nurses.

Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons

books.google.com

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CIVIL WAR CDV YOUNG LADY BY A P BAILEY OF SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA

ebay.com

Front-closing Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," says Europeana blog about photo (by Christa Losta), from the Vienna Museum. (couldn't find the original photo at the Wein Museum)