May 10 & 11, 2013

Civil War Encampment to Take Place on Statehouse Lawn

May 10 & 11, 2013

125654 Ohio State House

The 13th Ohio Statehouse Civil War Encampment was held on May 7-8, 2010. The event was hosted by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse Photo Archive.

Columbus, Ohio – A two-day Civil War encampment will take place on the Statehouse lawn; May 10 and 11. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enacting group will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn of the Ohio Statehouse both days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  Continue reading

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Graceanna Lewis

Graceanna Lewis

Our characters have been approved for the village! Much of our research was done at The Ohio State University Rare Books collection. What an amazing resource!
My characters’ early life is based on Graceanna Lewis, a Quaker naturalist from Pennsylvania.

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Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage

Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage

b-1813, d-1885, was 50 years old in 1863, possible date for this photo is 1873 or 1880. Newly married Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage and her husband William “Big Bill” Gage were the first white settlers in Holly Township Michigan, traveling from New Hampshire by covered wagon, and played an important role in the formation of the area. Continue reading

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Straw Hat

I like this style of straw hat. Straw can be cool and comfortable in the summer. The pictures are from La Mode Illustreé: Journal De Le Famille 1863 on Google Books. I think Kitty would have the current fashion in summer hats for traveling and socializing. She might have reworked the embellishments on the hat herself while stuck at the hotel on a rainy day.


La Mode Illustreé, 11 Mai 1863, page 157


La Mode Illustreé, 6 Juillet 1863, page 210


La Mode Illustreé, 13 Juillet 1863

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Reed Bonnet

I’ve been wanting to try making a reed bonnet. I already have the reeds. Here is an antique gray silk civil war era bonnet for sale at They have more photos on their website. I like finding listings of antique hats for sale, as the antique dealer or vintage clothing specialist often has many detailed photos for reference.

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Slat Bonnets

The Slat Bonnet is named after the “slats” used to stiffen its’ brim.  Originally these slats were made from hickory or cedar. This bonnet was often worn by those who were working in the fields or around the homestead. The deep brim and long bavolet (curtain at the back) protected the face and neck from the harsh elements.  This style bonnet was very seldom worn “for good”. Source for patterns: Timeless Stitches


This print is for sale on ebay, listed as a CDV photograph, but looks like artwork to me.  Continue reading

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Garniture de Robes

Here are some illustrations of dress trimmings made with ribbon from La Mode Illustreé: journal de famille
11 Mai 1863, from Google Books pages 145-147.


This one appears to be a 2 sided ribbon – velvet on 1 side & striped satin on the other

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1860 pantalets, Metropolitan Museum

Pantalets were made of bleached white cotton. I have a least 1 pair in my “trunk”. I need to dig them out. The pattern is simple and easy to figure out from looking at a pair. Trimmings of tucks, lace, or embroidery on the ones I’ve seen were similar to cotton petticoats.
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A Blue and White striped dress

A Blue and White striped dress

Wondering if this would be an appropriate choice for my dress. It seems like cotton makes the most sensee, although it would be hard to get in Civil War times. Perhaps my dress is a bit older?

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Civil War era pencils

Civil War era pencils

I was glad to find that pencils were pretty modern in 1863. These reproductions are available for $0.50 each through

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