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Brunswick Civil War Ladies Take Command

On Tuesday evening, February 26, 2013, forty-five ladies met at Trinity United Methodist Church for a Ladies’ Forum about women of the Civil War.  Charen Fink, one of the Directors for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table presented the program.  The room displayed an extensive collection of Civil War antiques, reproductions, and items related to women.  A manikin, “Lizzie”, was undressed to reveal the many layers of clothing typically worn by most women.   The power point presentation included many pictures and information about a lady’s toilette, clothing, jewelry, domestic activities, health, courtship, motherhood, photography, medicine and occupations.  Nancy Ovsenik presented mourning and funeral customs.  She and her husband, Ed (who portrays an undertaker), are re-enactors portraying typical funeral situations.  Period refreshments made using Civil War era recipes (known then as receipts) consisted of Mary Todd Lincoln cake, gingerbread, Sally Lunn bread, molasses cookies, and pound cake followed by coffee and hot chocolate.  Each participant received a folder containing eight handouts.  All the evaluations stated it was an excellent program with suggestions for additional future programs.