The reader can learn much about day-to-day life in the 19th century from this book. It is a good source for living historians to learn about the intricacies of women's clothing of the mid-century. An abundance of background information about the social "going-ons" in the U.S. Senate is also recorded. These are the memoirs of Virginia Clay-Clopton, a Southern woman who lived from 1825 to 1915. Her ...
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ement C. Clay, served as a U.S. senator from Alabama from 1853 until 1861. Among Virginia’s friends and acquaintances were both Southern and Northern politicians, foreign diplomats, and their wives. Mrs. Clay recalls many details of this time, which are entertaining and reflective of customs, manners, and dress of this era. When Alabama seceded in 1861, Mr. Clay resigned from the United States Senate and was subsequently elected to the Confederate Legislature. During the war years, Virginia spent time in Richmond, the Confederate capital mingling with Mrs. Jefferson Davis’ social circle. When Mr. Clay sent to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, in 1865 on suspicion that he might have been involved in the Lincoln assassination, Virginia worked assiduously, writing appeals for her husband and seeking his release. She tells of conditions in the prison, and her unlikely friendship with one of the doctors who treated her husband kindly. President Andrew Johnson released Mr. Clay in 1866, and the couple returned to Alabama. After Mr. Clay died in 1882, she married Mr. David Clopton. Her last years were devoted to campaigning for women’s suffrage.