For those of you asking, here’s a photo of me in my Civil War clothing.
Yes, I’m wearing a corset. It’s custom made so it’s not too horrible. Just don’t ask me to run up a flight of stairs or I might get the vapors. And, yes, that’s the Kiri shawl. Dale and I both thought it looked pretty good with my new dress.
Here’s a list of what a woman in the 1860s put on, from first to last: pantaloons (mine were flannel this weekend, thank goodness), chemise, corset, corset cover, under-the-hoop petticoat, hoop, over-the-hoop petticoat, dress. If you’re smart you remember to put your shoes on first because it’s difficult to bend over once the corset is on. It’s a lot of clothing to wear and it takes a bit of time to get dressed!
And, for all you readers who want to show the men in your life the uniform, here’s Dale, dressed in his finest and ready to participate in the luminary on Saturday night. My friend Kathy and I walked through the National Cemetery to view this while our men were in the Honor Guard and it was really moving. Every Civil War soldier’s grave had a luminary candle on it. Thousands of them glowing in the night made for a beautiful, but sad, sight. I didn’t take pictures because I didn’t want to spoil the reverence and solemnity of the moment so you’ll just have to use your imagination.
On the way out yesterday we briefly stopped at the Visitor’s Center because Dale wanted me to see this spinning wheel.
It was in the home where Jennie Wade was shot and killed. Jennie was the only civilian to be killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, which is pretty remarkable when you realize that the fighting completely engulfed the town.
I was in awe of this wheel and its beauty. I took a close up of the flyer to show you how small the hooks are! Neat, huh?
So, we are home, safe and sound. I’ll tell you all about The Mannings tomorrow!