• Wedding Ensemble1868 According to family history, Amelia Jane

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    Wedding Ensemble 1868
    According to family history, Amelia Jane Carley (1844-1892) wore this dress at her marriage to William Edward Chess (1842-1926) in 1868 in West Virginia, the half-mourning colors chosen in honor of those who died during the Civil War. Both bride and groom were fortunate not to have lost any immediate family during the war, though Ms. Carley's brother and Mr. Chess served in the Union Army. This family narrative suggests that the bride chose shades of mourning in response to the widespread losses suffered during the war rather than to memorialize an individual. A...
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