Since this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, I thought I'd start sharing some history in each post. I've missed most of January, so I'll put all of the events from January,1861 in this one. The states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana all seceded from the Union this month. Confederates forced the surrender of Fort Pickens, Fort Sumpter, and Fort Massachusetts. On January 29th Kansas was admitted to the Union. Still, on January 30, 1861, few Americans had any idea they were headed toward a war of the states that would last for 4 terrible years.
I collect pictures of people from the Civil War Era. Photos of women and children are more readily available and cost less than ones of men. Actual photos of soldiers are sometimes 10-20 times more expensive. I'll be sharing photos from my collection now and then too.
These girls are twins, but no names were given. I find their hairstyles lead to the impression that they may have been actresses, saloon girls, or ladies of ill-repute.
Just like their quilts, photos from this era were seldom properly labeled. Another reminder to all of us the importance of labeling so future generations will know who we were and what we made. Thanks for visiting.