Sunday, January 25, 2009

Weddings in the Civil War

The dynamics of courtship and engagement changed with the coming of war. Social activities decreased and the number of eligible men, especially in the South, significantly decreased. Esther Alden expressed the attitude of young women in the South as the war progressed, "One looks at a man so differently when you think he may be killed tomorrow. Men whom up to this time I had thought dull and commonplace . . . seemed charming."

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