H x W (flat): 53 3/4 × 29 1/4 in. (136.5 × 74.3 cm)
A brown and cream striped cotton day dress from the Civil War era. The dress has a fitted collarless bodice that buttons at the center front with six (6) black vulcanized rubber buttons marked on the reverse "I.R.C. Co. / 1851. / GOODYEAR". The fitted full-length sleeves have a detail at the wrist with the fabric sewn on the bias. Self-piping is sewn at the gathered waistband, which is more heavily gathered in the back. The skirt is full with a wide hem that falls at or below the ankles. The dress is both machine and hand sewn. The bodice and sleeves are lined with a plain cotton muslin. The skirt is not lined. There is one inset pocket at the proper right hip, with the pocket made from plain cotton muslin.
This letter was written on February 18, 1861, by Ann Hurst Copeland to her husband John H. Copeland. The letter details the recent betrothals of several friends and Ann, who signed the letter "Annuk," comments she has been ill. She also expresses her devotion to Copeland, writing "It is not a half an hour in the day that my thoughts are not on thee." She also mentions that her portrait is included with the letter and she hopes to receive a portrait from him in return.