Hello Blogland!! What a glorious weekend this has been!!! It is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg. We’ve had a huge festival going on and I’m plumb tuckered out experiencing it all. I’m lucky to live in Sharpsburg proper so my car has been garaged since Friday. We’ve had 10’s of thousands of visitors here this weekend.
The Diva has been in her glory. Everytime I take her out people stop and exclaim over her. She of course obliges by posing. I think she’s had her picture taken by tourists at leat a dozen times so far. She loved to stand on the front porch and hold court. Little Ham!!!!!
There will be no outfit photo’s of me in this post. My ensemble for both days was fairly generic-jeans, sneakers, long sleeve T, hat and cloth crossbody bag.
I want to highlight some of the fashionable ladies I saw in Civil War period garb. There were loads of living history exhibits and re-enactors. These folk strive to be as historically accurate as possible in their garb.
Can you imagine how HOT and miserable it would’ve been wearing outfits like that in the summer with no AC?? They have many layers underneath the dress.
The dresses were made of calico printed cotton. Fancier dresses would be silk . Often they had dresses made of wool for winter. The shoes were generally leather ankle boots. Often they accessorized their dresses with collars and cuffs that were crocheted lace or thin lawn cotton. A lady never went out without gloves and a hat!! They would wear cotton bonnets around the farm.
Below are some pictures of other outfits seen at the festival. Almost all had exquisite hand tucking or lacework or embellished with bias trim or ribbon.
I will be devoting my posts this week to sharing the festival with y’all. I have maybe 200+ pictures to collate and organize. It was truly moving and mesmerizing to see such a significant episode in American History come to life!!
Stop back tomorrow for more pictures and a little bit of a history lesson!!