The love of history is generational in our family. In the early 2000s, my grandparents convinced us to join them as Civil War living reenactors. It didn't take us long to decide this was the weirdest and most fun hobby we had yet tried!
In 2010 we prepared for week-long observances of the Firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston. As part of getting ready, we made ourselves some blue secession cockades. Several friends asked for one as well, so we opened an Etsy shop to sell them. And the rest is - to use a bad pun - history.
I became fascinated with the stories behind each cockade - the person who sewed it, the person who wore it. In many cases, it took great courage to wear those cockades. I have read of instances where a person was liable for arrest or even death for wearing the "wrong" cockade.
I hope as you look through my website and shop and read my blog that you will see a little of the beauty and drama of these lovely little bits of history! I write a weekly "Cockade Column" for those who want to hear more of the stories and images of cockades. Sign up here. It's free and I promise not to spam you! :)