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Civil War Era

Women of the Civil War Circa 1863 Titled Lady by Matthew Brady Source Flickr Commons via US Natl Archives

Silk evening dress, British, ca 1860-64. Low body, deep front point; double short sleeve; bertha; box pleats and directional pleats in skirt. Trim is box pleated ruched ribbon between a blonde lace and a black lace; singular on bertha and sleeves, doubled on skirt. MET

Period Garment: Evening Dress - about 1859-1860 - United States - Silk plain weave (taffeta), with warp-and-weft float patterning

Civil War Ribbed Silk Dress c. 1860-1862 United States, PA Materials Used: Olive green and cream striped silk, velvet and silk fringed ribbon, glazed cotton lining, 5 whalebone stays, brass hooks and eyes (some missing) and wool hem binding. Condition: Excellent. No holes or wear to the fabric and trim. There is a light brown nickel sized stain on the left side back bodice (just below the shoulder seam) and a very faint underarm stain on the left side. Measurements: B, 33"; W, 23"; Sh-Sh


1860s Beautiful Woman Dress Baby Rose Baker Beardsley Defiance Ohio CDV Photo

ca. 1864, [carte de visite portrait of Henry O. Nightingale], JNO Holyland Metropolitan Gallery An abolitionist, Nightingale joined the Northern army at the start of the Civil War in 1861. In 1862 he joined the 108th New York Infantry Regiment. He fought in a dozen battles, including Gettysburg, and was promoted to corporal on March 1, 1864. via the Online Archives of California, UC Merced Special Collections Library, Henry O. Nightingale Diaries

Clara Barton:1821-1912) - Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross. Barton refused to take a salary from the government's treasury & dedicated herself aiding soldiers on the front.  Never had women been allowed in hospitals, camps or battlefields;  initially, military & civil officials refused her help.  Eventually, she gained their trust & began receiving supplies from all over the country.  As a result of her untiring work, she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield."