Thursday, April 21, 2011

Marking the Civil War Sesquicentennial

A new article is available in the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal marking the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War featuring a piece of memorabilia that had its origin in the death of President Lincoln.

by the History Hare

"In Memoriam" - Sent In Pursuit of Booth

Death finds us: young or old, seasoned or green, ready or not (and we seldom are). For some it's lost its sting, for most it never does. We deny, rage, bargain, lament, accept, deny, rage . . . while adding our own nuances.

~ David L. Jacobs ~

In the Victorian Era, even death and funerals followed strict conventions. As soon as a death occurred the fact was made known to the world by closing all the blinds, or drawing the long linen shades at the front of the house. This announced to the outside world that a death had occurred.

The doorbell was muffled; and a servant was stationed in the front hall to open the door, give and receive messages, admit callers and cards and otherwise aid in preserving order and silence for the family. If the servant was a maid she would wear a black gown with a white collar and cuffs, white apron, and white cap with black ribbons. If a male servant, he would wear an all black livery.

You'll find the rest of this article from the History Hare in
the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

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