- Sep 8, 2012
We've had some threads on Hoop Skirts and some on female smugglers in the Civil War, but none that combined both. When reading about a great-grandmother who allegedly helped bushwhackers by smuggling guns in her petticoats, I kept thinking "What?" "How?"
Other accounts talk about Confederate women who secreted the family silver under their skirts when the Yankee soldiers came by or when they were fleeing an area. When I'd read about this, I'd think, "Didn't they clank when they walked?" However, one of the effects of hoop skirts was that women were distanced from others because the skirt itself and it's metal underpinnings made it difficult for others to get too close.
So it seemed interesting to look again at hoop skirts and think about how much your average woman could have attached to those steel hoops and how much smuggling of guns, silver, medicines, etc., you think could have been accomplished.
Steel Cage Crinoline circa 1858
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