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One of my old Civil War dresses.

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Mary Lincoln's purple dress.  Smithsonian American History Museum.  Believed to have been designed by Elizabeth Keckly, an African-American slave turned dressmaker for Mrs. Lincoln.  Fascinating story about Ms Keckly at the link to this dress.  This dress has 2 bodices, a daytime bodice, seen here, and an evening bodice seen in the next picture.

The Story of Elizabeth Keckley, Former-Slave-Turned-Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Mary Todd Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice, believed to have been made by African-American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in (National Museum of American History)

Elizabeth Keckley bought her freedom and rose to become Mary Todd Lincoln's dress designer and personal confidant. Born a slave and fathered by a white plantation owner in Virginia. Ms. Keckley worked as a dressmaker in St. Louis, using her skills to buy freedom for herself and her son (a son she had after being raped by a white man).

Elizabeth Keckley bought her freedom and rose to become Mary Todd Lincoln's dress designer and personal confidant. Born a slave and fathered by a white plantation owner in Virginia. Ms. Keckley worked as a dressmaker in St. Louis, using her skills to buy freedom for herself and her son (a son she had after being raped by a white man).

Gloria Reuben portrays Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante.

Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln - Gloria Reuben in Lincoln

Kate Chase, the (unofficially) acknowleged social queen of Washington society during Lincoln's presidency. Mary Todd Lincoln loathed her.

Katherine Jane ("Kate") Chase Sprague (August 1840 – July was the daughter of Ohio politician Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary during President Abraham Lincoln's first administration and later Chief Justice of the United States.

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