Reference Materials

Websites for the Living Historian/Reenactor

Print Refrences


General Reenacting

  • First Impressions: Getting Started in Civilian Reenacting, Susan Lyons Hughes
  • An Introduction to Civil War Civilians, Juanita Leisch
  • The Lady Reenactor, Volume 1, Rick Keating, pub.

Ballroom Dancing

  • Hillgrove's Ballroom Guide and Practical Dancer

Civilian Life & Bibliography

  • The Journal of Women's Civil War History, Volumes 1 & 2, Eileen Conklin, ed. Hospital Days: Reminiscence of a Civil War Nurse, Jane Stuart Woolsey
  • Mary Chesnut's Civil War, C. Vann Woodward, ed.
  • Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign, Kathleen A. Ernst
  • Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1843), Margaret Fuller

Clothing, Accessories, & Hairstyles

  • Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts & Uniforms, R. L. Shep Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book, Stella Blum, ed. Ladies' Wear Daily, Juanita Leisch
  • A Reenactor's Guide to Clothing & Fabrics of the Civil War Era, Karyn R. Zeller
  • The Techniques of Ladies' Hairdressing of the 19th Century, Jules & Kaethe Kliot, ed. Tussie Mussies: Victorian Posey Holders, Jeri Schwartz
  • Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey, Alison Gernsheim
  • Victoriana Americana: The Customs and Costumes of Victorian America, Evelyn Swenson
  • Who Wore What? Women's Wear 1861-1865, Juanita Leisch


  • Blue and Grey Cookery: Authentic Recipes from the Civil War Years, Hugh & Judy Gowan
  • Suited to a Tea, Patricia B. Mitchell
  • Union Army Camp Cooking 1861-1865, Patricia B. Mitchell
  • Victorian Parlors and Tea Parties, Patricia B. Mitchell
  • Waking Up Down South: Southern Breakfast Traditions, Patricia B. Mitchell


  • Etiquette and the Usages of Society
  • The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, Fashion and Manual of Politeness
  • Martine's Hand-book of Etiquette and Guide to True Politeness


  • The American Frugal Housewife, Lydia Child
  • Home Front Regiment 1861-1865: Women Fighting from the Hearth, Patricia B. Mitchell
  • My Baby, Elizabeth Rock


  • Laundry and Cleaning Practices of the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Virginia Mescher
  • Laundry Handbook: A Manual for Creating a Civilian or Military Laundress Impression or Laundry Exhibit, Virginia Mescher
  • "Washer Woman" (The Civil War Times, August 1999), Vickie Wendel

Sewing and Handwork

  • Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques, Kristina Harris, ed.
  • Civil War Ladies: Fashions and Needle-Arts of the Early 1860s (primary source material from Peterson's Magazine 1861 and 1864�), R. L. Shep
  • Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960, Eileen Jahnke Trestain
  • The Ladies' Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work - Civil War Era, Florence Hartley
  • The Little Corset Book: A Workbook on Period Underwear, Bonnie Holt Ambrose

Civil War Quilts

  • Big Book of Best-Loved Quilt Patterns, Leisure Arts
  • Civil War Women: Their Quilts, Their Roles, Activities for Re-enactors, Barbara Brackman
  • Grandma's Best Full-Size Quilt Blocks: Pieces of the Past for Today's Quilter, Better Homes & Gardens
  • Quilts from the Civil War, Barbara Brackman
  • Teach Yourself Blocks From the Past, Marie Henry

Civil War Spies

  • Dear Ellen Bee: A Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies, Mary E. Lyons & Muriel M. Branch
  • Only Call Us Faithful (a novel based on the life of Elizabeth Van Lew, from primary source materials), Marie Jakober
  • Spies! Women in the Civil War, Penny Colman

Women in Uniform (No women were documented as serving in the Third U.S. Infantry)

  • Patriots in Disguise: Women Warriors of the Civil War, Richard Hall


  • Civil War Women - stories by Alcott, Chopin, Welty, and others
  • Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles

Recommended Resources & Organizations

Recommended Sutlers

Other Resources



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