1860's Civil War Era Fashion Research

One of the more difficult and controversial areas for all re-enactors is the topic of research. And this is especially true for new hobbyists. You can become overwhelmed with topics, contradictory information, and where to start! Here we hope to lessen that burden and make things a little easier, by suggesting and supplying you with information and tools for researching the Civil War.

First off, don’t ever think you have to know everything about the Civil War before you start re-enacting. It will never happen. Ever since the end of the Civil War in 1865 there has been a book, pamphlet, letter, etc. written about the war and those who were in it. From diaries to memoirs, to autobiographies to biographies, there is an endless array of material to read. And each book is a wealth of information. So to know everything about the Civil War is nearly impossible. What is recommended is to start with an area that interests you and to concentrate on that subject.

Second, don’t stop learning. There is so many interesting things to learn about from the years of the war, from what people ate, to what they wore, to how they farmed. For more areas of research to spark your interest, please look at our "Occupations" page.

We invite you to take some time and browse thru our research area. Here you will find items on fashion, research internet sites, and more. Enjoy.