The Civil War, Day by Day

Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias

In a final moment of splendor before war's heavy hand seized the South, an elaborate ball at Arlington Plantation, Louisiana, on April 6, 1861, brought forth excited women in colorful dress and ambitious soldiers in a variety of military uniforms. The Louisiana state flag, Stars and Bars, and the Pelican Flag of Louisiana before secession hang from the balcony. It was all so grand, and so brief.

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